Do you know what you want?
We live in a society filled with choice, and North Americans are truly blessed.
Store shelves are packed (and yes, I know there is some scarcity right now due to COVID-19 and disrupted supply chains, but realistically, other than toilet paper, have you actually run out of ANYTHING important?) Perhaps your particular favourite brand was sold out, but for the most part, we are still extremely well-supplied despite the pandemic.
With online shopping, virtually anything we want or need, and can afford, is at our fingertips.
Social media, the world wide web, and television provide us with an instant and vast array of information sources.
A teenager in high school is faced with an incredible assortment of possibilities for a career. And they are warned early on that their choice of study subjects in those tender years will lock them into a certain career path, or out of one. That’s a lot of pressure to put on someone who isn’t yet even allowed to drive.
Spotify, Google Play and Apple Music (not to mention Alexa and Siri) offer literally millions of music choices at the touch of a button or the sound of our voice.
I could go on, but…you get the idea.
“Decision fatigue” is a phenomenon whereby we end up making impulsive, often poor decisions, simply because we are overwhelmed with the available assortment of information and choice. Occasionally, it results in us making no decision at all. The cornucopia of options causes us to simply shut down and slink away.
If you are feeling stuck; if you feel like you just don’t know what you want; you’re probably suffering from decision fatigue.
You may be concerned that you’ll make the wrong choice.
If that’s the case, I have good news for you: there’s no such thing as a wrong choice.
Life is a series of experiments. It’s only by taking action that we figure out what makes us tick, and we sometimes learn our greatest lessons from doing the wrong things.
The trick is being able to get into gear so you can take that first step. No easy feat when your brain is tired.
Here are a few suggestions to help overcome decision fatigue:
Overcoming decision fatigue can be one of the most transformative changes you will make in your life.
This is a bold statement. But “life”, at its core, is a series of decisions and choices that a person makes, moment by moment. Every single decision we make is creating a tiny piece of our life.
We can’t get those moments back.
So let’s make sure they’re good ones.
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