How are you at making decisions?
Not of the “what shall I have for dinner?” type (although those can be tricky now and then). I’m thinking more of when the tough choices come along.
To stay or to leave.
To engage or disconnect.
To show up or sit down.
In this digital age we are also faced with potentially too much choice. We, as humans, like to feel in control of our lives (it helps us feel safe), so being able to make simple decisions feels healthy and actually, rightly, a bit proud of yourself. So what do we do when it’s all just a bit too much?
Here’s something that might help:
This week, maybe set the intention to Check the Choice. The first thing to think about could be whether or not there is actually even a decision to be made. There’s a lot to be said for giving yourself permission to step back and wait, or at the very least see how things pan out for a while. Sometimes we put ourselves under so much pressure to ‘do’ something, that actually it might sort itself out. It’s ok to take it slow.
Another thing to consider is whether you’re starting to feel the effects of decision fatigue. One thing the pandemic has created (amongst many other things) is increased demand on our attention, so even things like spending all day in front of your computer screen (and endless Teams meetings) can literally take their toll. You could also try to actually limit the choices available to you, so for example you could decide before you go shopping how much you want to spend, or in the company of friends whether you’re going to eat or just have a drink. Preparation and planning can be key to making the “right choice” especially if it comes with overwhelm, or a period of uncertainty.
One last thing to think about is what you might have heard me refer to as the 100% rule. So when you make a decision you stick with it, no matter what. Whether you’ve decided to change jobs, save money or cut sugar out of your tea you give it the absolute commitment with no going back. As the saying goes, motivation is what gets you started, commitment is what keeps you going. Do what’s right for you.
For an expanded version of Monday Mojo™ straight to your inbox, which includes access to free resources, click here. Any third party links offered are not endorsed. © Delphi Ellis 2022
The Business End: I am delighted to provide this complimentary weekly blog. If you like Monday Mojo™ and want to say “thanks”, you can “Buy Me a Coffee” via my Tip Jar here. No pressure though, it will stay free of charge as long as possible.