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Too Many Choices Stress Us Out

Stressed Girl

Do you ever feel torn between two choices? Sometimes we’re worried that we might make a bad choice instead of a good one. Other times we struggle to choose between a good choice a better choice.

The process of choosing is often more stressful that dealing with the outcome.

I watched an interesting interview between Michael Hyatt and Seth Godin the other day. If you have 11 minutes to spare, you should watch it (especially if you’re a writer).

It really got me thinking about how we get ourselves into stressful situations. Seth said:

Stress is what happens when you want to do two things at the same time.

That lead to some really cool “ah-ha” moments for me:

That explains why we get stressed out when we want to declutter our house BUT we still find ourselves wanting to hang onto sentimental items and other items “just in case” we need them.

That explains why I get stressed out with how I look and I want to minimize my butt BUT I don’t want to give up the things I enjoy eating so much.

That explains why it’s more stressful to decide what to wear when you have a crammed closet BUT we keep extra clothes on hand so we don’t run out of choices.

We can’t always avoid situations where we are forced to make choices. However, if we can understand this inner conflict, we can understand where the stress is coming from and eliminate it whenever possible.

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.

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Article originally published on 07/07/2011

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