Decidopobia – The Fear Of Making Decisions – yeah, I’ve got that.
Last night at a local hamburger place I had to choose from an overwhelming menu. I did make a choice, but it took me a few minutes. I noticed many of my friends had to look at every page numerous times and had trouble choosing. It seems the more choices a menu has, the more difficult choice becomes.
Why? For me, it’s the fear of missing out on something “better”, or making the “wrong” choice. This is obviously ridiculous. How can there be a “wrong” hamburger? Is this going to be my last one? Unlikely.
While vacationing in Rhode Island recently, our little tourist group visited a tiny independent bookstore where this small book grabbed my attention. I bought it, partially as a souvenir, but mostly because I am working on transforming many areas of my life.
This journal is all about making scary decisions. The quotations help defuse the fear of coming to a verdict about some possible action. There is a section on each page to record details of your choice. You can skip around in it using any page that catches your fancy, or take the pages in order – that’s the way I use it as I’m a pretty orderly type of person, especially when it comes to books.
For me this isn’t a daily thing. I keep it on my desk, and when I’m turning a decision over in my mind I pull it out and read the next quote. Today’s was the Decidophobia quote above. Another favorite of mine was “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”
It will be useful to look back over the book later to see choices that frightened me at the time I made them.
We all have things in our lives we want to transform. Maybe you want to lose weight, find a better job, or grow a business. It’s going to take a lot of new choices, and a lot of discomfort to get there. This book is both a tool to help making it easier and a record of the choosing. How cool is that?
Today’s pretty fiber picture –