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The Paradox of Choice.  Are There Too Many?

By Scott Smith

Do you have too many choices in your life?  Is it confusing and making you feel distressed?   In 2005, Barry Schwartz wrote Paradox of Choice and challenged traditional thinking.  He said the way to maximum freedom in your life was to minimize choice.    Too many choices are not a good thing and can create paralysis.  Not to mention, no matter what you choose, you'll always wonder if you could have done better.   Distractions are your enemy and focus is your friend:  Here's how to free up your life:   1) Limit your choices.  Narrow your list to items you have already experienced.  Having every option won't serve you.   2) Be sure to permit yourself to try other possibilities IF needed - but only after you've vetted your first.   3) Stay in your lane and keep it simple.   Too many choices are part of modern life.  If you can’t make a decision - shorten your list of options to what is important.  Ignore everything else

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