Why do we constantly make unhealthy choices even when we know we should do better? The real problem in making all these seemingly small decisions is this: small decisions made over and over again lead to decision fatigue, and the last thing you want when faced with a complex choice is to be so tired that you can’t even think straight. Hopefully as we get older (and sometimes wiser) though, we figure out that we can do better than that. If you’re ready to start making better choices, let’s take a look at the top 5 things to quit starting today.
Avoid Decision Fatigue
Your willpower is like a muscle, and similar to the muscles in your body, willpower can get fatigued when you use it over and over again. Every time you make a decision, it’s like doing another rep in the gym. And similar to how your muscles get tired at the end of a workout, the strength of your willpower fades as you make more decisions.
Quit making excuses
Excuses can take you away from what you need to face in order to be better. Be healthier. Create sustainable relationships. Excuses are detours away from reality. They put the blame elsewhere and take away your power to make good choices for yourself. Excuses keep you from being accountable for your own actions and the consequences that follow. Take charge and determine your own path and you will make better choices
Too much optimism that can hamper good decision-making
According to recent studies, people tend to have a natural-born optimism that can hamper good decision-making. Part of this overly optimistic outlook stems from our natural tendency tobelieve that bad things happen to other people, but not to us
Since we might be overly optimistic about our own abilities and prospects, we are more likely to believe that our decisions are the best ones. Experts might warn that smoking, being sedentary, or eating too much sugar can kill, but our optimism bias leads us to believe that it mostly kills other people, not us.
Avoid letting others define you
We’re all more complex than anyone’s definition of us. It’s important that we take the time to define ourselves in a realistic, expansive way, and that we see clearly when others are trying to define us in their own terms or in relation to what they want us to be. The comparison is one of the major tools we use when making decisions. Your dreams, goals and realities? They are YOUR choice. You’re the only one walking in your shoes. So, choose your own path and set your own pace!