Not being able to decide quickly is common in people. Others find it difficult to decide and may even try to avoid making decisions entirely.

Many people delay making decisions until they are sure they are doing so correctly, out of fear that they will make the wrong choice. Indecision is often seen as a negative trait, but this sometimes has advantages. People will take longer to make judgments, but they are also less prone to “correspondence bias.” For example, if we see someone slip, we think that someone is clumsy rather than thinking that the floor may be slippery. Like everything else in life, indecision is only a problem when it goes beyond what makes sense. A simple initial step to prevent spending too much time thinking about your options without actually learning anything new is to set a time limit for your final decision.

Indecision can be both good and bad. The secret is knowing when to wait and when to push through your doubt when it’s holding you back.