Choice Paralysis

A year from now you will wish you had started today.
— Karen Lamb
 

I don't recall if it was a podcast or an article I was reading, but I remember the message. The topic being discussed was stress and overwhelm. The idea being presented was that more choice equates to more stress - that too much choice becomes an opportunity for procrastination. Within more choice lies an inherent comparison of "what choice would be better" and the more options, the greater chance we will feel the potential of making the "wrong" decision.  In a world where we face multiple choices on career, companies, cities to live in, vacations to take, choices are abundant daily. The problem occurs when we become paralyzed by the many choices in front of us that we end up not making a choice at all.

Recently, I noticed that I have been getting "stuck" with my physical activity. I typically don't lack motivation to get moving but my problem is that I like doing everything. I like yoga, swimming, pilates, weight lifting, running (sometimes), cycling, spinning, I enjoy climbing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and even just walking. I have class passes at minimum 5 studios and have held a gym membership for as long as I can remember. Even if I decide on doing yoga, then I'm stuck on what studio I feel like going to that day. This choice paralysis has often resulted in me missing class altogether because I haven't made up my mind. 

Last week I was contemplating this and it was then that I remembered the discussion about having too many choice. I could see this was keeping me stuck. And so I made a decision to limit my choice. I cancelled my gym membership, decided to use up my remaining passes, and for the foreseeable future, focus on cycling, swimming and yoga. I felt a weight off my shoulders. I gave myself permission to "not do it all". I decided to trust that I would benefit from focusing on the activities that I most enjoyed and stop pushing myself to do things I felt I "should". 

I am a better human when I'm active. I'm a better human when I'm eating well and I'm a better human when I'm getting adjusted. These are facts. I do no favours by skipping that workout or by using indecision as an excuse to be lazy. In reality,  indecision is actually a decision to do nothing and that serves no one.

In your life, what are you not taking action on? Where can you simplify? What are the building blocks for creating the best version of you? Figure that out and then go do those things.  Do it for you (most importantly), for those you care about, those that rely on you and even for the coworker or stranger you may be inspiring without knowing. Take action. Do the work and get sh*t done. Move your body, eat well and get adjusted. It really can be as simple as that.