I have previously written about how advice initially given for golf also applies to regular daily life. The pith of that piece of advice was to “remove doubt” and it goes hand in hand with another piece of golf advice that applies to our daily lives: taking aggressive lines at conservative targets.
In short, this means that we do not necessarily need to take the most dangerous/aggressive/high risk path/decision, rather we might be able to take a slightly more safe/conservative/low risk path/decision combined with a doubtless approach in order to achieve our goal.
Sure, there are times that we have no choice but to dive in head first to a tough situation but those times are few and far between. Over a lifetime, it should be quite rare to feel like our back is against the wall with no options but the most aggressive. In a balanced life, we should often find that we can take many, many paths outside of the hardest path.
The next time you are faced with a tough decision in work or life (or golf!), ask yourself if you are on the hardest path and if so, do you need to be? Take an extra long look at your options and you never know what you might find. As the Chess cliche goes, when you find a good move, look for a better one. In life, our best move is often not the hardest. Do not make things harder than they need to be.