The Paradox of Choice is a theory developed by psychologist Barry Schwartz. In the modern world, we tend to think more choice is better but excessive choices can cause problems. Excessive choices can paralyze us with the array of different options and make it harder for us to choose. Further, with too many options, we stress over the fact that maybe we made the wrong decision or we will wait around thinking the perfect opportunity is right around the corner. At the end of the day, excessive options or choices leave us feeling less satisfied and more anxious.
I love having the ability to choose whatever I want, whether it is clothes, restaurants, or the right fitness routine. However, if we don’t limit our options to a few important ones, we can get stressed about making a decision. Why put this added stress on ourselves? These are first world problems, but something I see affecting all of us, including myself. For me, it can keep me from making a decision at all. I tell myself that if I wait, maybe the perfect opportunity will come around. In reality, there is no perfect opportunity. We need to take action, make a decision and, if it doesn’t work out, adjust and move forward.
We must enjoy what we have now and be okay with the decisions we make. If we wait around, we might lose the options we thought we had when we failed to make a decision. We are ever evolving beings progressing on an upward path. Taking action is the number one thing we need to do to move forward. Don’t get stuck worrying that everything isn’t perfectly planned out. No matter what happens in life, unless you’re dead, there is always a chance for redemption. Learn to love the cycles of life and enjoy the journey, making bad decisions is part of that.
There are also habits we can implement that can help clear up mental energy for making big decisions. There is a reason Steve Jobs wore the same black sweater and jeans all the time. It was one less decision he had to make. I do this with my breakfast and lunch during the week. I eat the same thing every day unless I have a meeting. This clears my mind to focus, especially in the morning.
If you are struggling with too many options in your life, try to limit your options in some areas and be satisfied with the choices you make. The perfect opportunity will never come along. Take advantage of what is in front of you now.
Enough rambling from me today, let’s jump into the links.