“Can You Say No To Too Many Choices?” Great question posed in this article written by Barry Schwartz who eases us into the idea that more choices do not necessarily give us a greater sense of freedom with his visit to a local market where he encounters
… 285 varieties and brands of cookies, 75 iced tea drinks, 40 toothpastes, 230 soups, 175 salad dressings, and 275 cereals.
What’s the big deal, you say? Studies are showing that more choices have not made us more happy. More stressed? Yes. More depressed? Yes. More anxious? Yes.
Humbling? Yes. This is not where we thought we were heading a generation ago.
Fine. Lets go back to food choices then. They’re easy. Right? That is, until your partner asks you where you want to eat on a Friday night after a long hectic week. Ever find yourself replying, “I don’t care. You decide.” Ever wonder, if you don’t care, why you greet their decision with a less than enthusiastic response more times than not? (There’s a great movie scene between Sean Penn and Christen Scott Penn in Hurley Burley that ends with them jumping out of the car and screaming at each other over just this.)
Food choices are easy – except for Sean and Christen – compared to phone service bundles, retirement plans, health-care plans, medical or pharmaceutical treatment options, stereo systems, computers, where to live, who to date. (Now, we even have speed dating. More choices to find that perfect mate faster?)
The article reflects on “how much better choice appears in theory than it feels in actuality.”
Many clients that I clutter coach will offer an ‘AMEN’ to that! In their struggle with too much stuff, the fear of saying no, of not considering or preparing for all the options, often paralyzes them. A phase that I maneuver them through with caution, compassion – and a lot of coaxing.
Here’s a tip if you are having trouble making decisions:
Let go of the need to research every possible choice. Research gives you more information – but more information is not always synonymous with more peace of mind. When you start considering your options, remember to set your goal. Choose peace of mind first and you will be led. The rest will fall into place.
Want to feel good and enjoy your life?
THEN – Live It Up and Limit Yourself!
YEP! Narrow your choices down. Choose from less. And you’ll gain more of what really sustains you!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on when enough is enough for you …
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