There was a time when I had 5 sarees in my wardrobe and two silk ones carefully preserved for special wear. And I was never at a loss about ‘what to wear’. Today my shelf is overflowing with clothes and I catch myself saying ‘I have nothing to wear’!!
I walk into a store and find 6 flower vases on display and I need to choose a gift. One is beyond reach, 2 are straight away NO NO … so I practically have to select one of three. Aaah! Done in a jiffy. A no brainer!
Have you been to a shop that overwhelms you with choices? I went to this small shop to buy a lipstick the other day. 30 different specimens are on the tray. The salesgirl kills me with sweetness and loads me with information. I try them all. My wrist is a colourful palette. Finally I fail to make a decision, and turn away promising the sweet lady to return later. She is helpful and gives me so many options.
But that is my undoing. My thoughts become befuddled. My mind begins to wander. Perhaps unable to assimilate so much at a given moment it tires and forces me to opt out. I notice that this applies to any decision making process.
Sometimes we think so much we land with an alarming array of 'what will happen ifs...'. Then we become confused and are at loss to freeze on the best action.
What we need to do when faced with crushing options is to weed away those that don’t really count. Bring the options to a manageable 3 or 4. Now apply your mind to these four issues. And bang! The decision is made.
How do you know which is wheat and which is chaff? Well you don't all the time know that. Still, the process helps you get to your gut feeling. And that is good.
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Read Malcom Gladwell in BLINK.