Why We Make Bad Decisions
We live in a world filled with an abundance of choices!
It also means we often choose the wrong thing: We choose cookies over broccoli, staying out late instead of sleep, new shoes instead paying the bills. Especially on the weekends, which are normally filled with booze, comfort food and binge watching your favorite tv shows. Or even during the week sometimes!
We KNOW these decisions will not help us reach our goals—but we make them anyway. We don’t do these things to self-sabotage ourselves; we just usually get tired of making decisions.
It takes will-power, which we usually have limited reserves of. We use up those reserves regularly. On Monday morning we have plenty, so we get up early, go for a walk and pack a healthy lunch. By Friday, we’re calling Cheetos breakfast.
We make numerous decisions daily, and quite frankly…it gets exhausting!
Some of the most successful people in the world take steps to limit the number of decisions they must make each day. Steve Jobs wore the same outfit and ate the same breakfast every day. If he’d dipped into the well of willpower when choosing his cereal, that would leave less in the pool for later when the BIG decisions came up.
How do we avoid burning out our willpower? Habits.
Waking up at the same time every day.
Eating the same breakfast every day.
Going to the gym at the same time every day.
Letting someone else choose our workouts.
Since making decisions can be hard and exhausting, I try to limit the decision making as much as possible. When I can and where I can!
If you’re starting to exercise more or fixing your diet after a rough couple of weeks, do everything you can to minimize the decisions you have to make. Fina a challenge, where you can follow directions. Or a simple meal plan. Show up to classes at a local gym. Do your meal prepping on Sunday, so it’s a quick and simple decision throughout the week. Follow someone else’s plan until it creates a new habit.
Your workouts and meals don’t have to be perfect every day, but you can avoid paralysis by analysis. I have a nutrition coach that tells me exactly what I should be doing to reach my goals. Work on reducing your decision making so you can limit the bad ones.
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Inspiration provided by Chris Cooper at Catalystgym.com.