Do you have too many options? Oddly enough, there are those who tell us that having too many choices available can cause distress and paralyze decision-making. The more I think about it, the more I have to agree.
Lately I’ve observed that when I get more specific about what I want, choices come easier. The lease on my car will be up soon and the thought of car shopping has been a bit overwhelming. But as I began to limit myself by defining the type of vehicle, whether to buy new or used, and even getting specific about the color, looking has become easier. The process of limiting my choices has provided the freedom to shop because I have a plan.
That’s not to say that I couldn’t change my course of action in the process; however, I don’t have the same sense of dread that I had before when I think about figuring out what it is that I’ll drive next.
This same experience has happened when making choices about where to live, when to vacation, what to eat, or even how to dress for a certain event. Limiting options makes choosing simpler.
Feeling overwhelmed regarding decisions you need to make? Maybe it’s time to limit your options; whittle them down until your choices become fewer. You may be surprised how regulating your choices can be liberating and help decisions become less stressful.