Life is absolutely full of choices so it is hardly surprising that we sometimes experience choice fatigue. I have this and I notice it in others.
For example do you ever go into a restaurant and just can’t decide what to order? I find myself either choosing the same thing I always choose because it’s familiar and safe. Or forcing myself to choose something different just to get out of my comfort zone. Some people go as far as saying they’ll have the same as others. Maybe this is because they can’t decide what they want and end up wishing they had what’s on the other plate.
I find it fascinating that when we have unlimited options it becomes such an effort to make the simplest choices.
Choice is in everything we do and is fundamentally what life is about. From the simple daily decisions of what to say or do in each moment, to the bigger ones of how to live our life and make choices that we can stick with to move in a particular direction. It took me a long time to realize that even the decision not to choose is a choice.
There is a great quote by Kevin Ngo:
“If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a LOT of time dealing with a life you don’t want.”
With every choice there is a potential outcome, sometimes an infinite number of outcomes.
But it is a natural human tendency to procrastinate; to avoid doing the things that challenge us. And it is challenging to break long established habits. Maybe this is what keeps us stuck and why the simplest choices are the hardest to make and the decisions that lead to the harshest outcomes become the easier option.
The point is that we don’t acknowledge how hard it is to break out of habits and stick to decisions that require consistent daily action. Especially when there is no urgency to make the change. When we fail to achieve our goals, we become impatient and self criticizing. We give ourselves such a hard time that it is hardly surprising that the will to give up and do nothing is stronger.
Taking action to change something before it becomes unbearable requires a huge amount of will power, compassion, self love and forgiveness. It also means keeping sight of the bigger picture and making each step towards it easier to achieve.
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