Did you know that scientists report that the average person makes 200+ decisions a day… ABOUT FOOD?!?
Not decisions like, “Hey, what restaurant do you want to hit up for lunch?”. Hopefully we only decide on that a few times a day. No, these 200 or so decisions are detailed ones about what drink, what things we don’t want on our sandwich, whether or not to choose dessert etc.
While we are clearing out the clutter in our lives, let’s take a look one of the big mental-energy drainers--DECISIONS.
Research is just scratching the surface on how much mental energy is used on menial decisions each day and how that affects our overall willpower and decision making capability as a whole. From this research we are learning that each of us has a “DECISION TANK” that is depleted each day by every decision we face. Even if we choose not to decide…that is a decision that costs us creative fuel.
If we start the day with a good night's sleep, we wake with a FULL DECISION TANK. Making decisions early in the morning comes easier for us but over the course of the day that mental energy is depleted. It is common practice for CEO’s to have an understanding that no major decisions are made beyond the threshold of 4pm. It is understood that major company restructuring should be done when the DECISION TANK is FULL.
You and I don’t need research to tell us that too many options can be exhausting and intimidating. This is the most popular time of the year to join a gym. In the fitness world there has been an interesting trend in the type of gyms seeing a growth surge. Recognizing that many people are tired of making decisions in every other area of their lives these new gyms are places where the only decision you have to make is to show up.
Designed with the understanding that walking into a huge room with a thousand options is an issue that throws people off- many are now choosing gyms that have a pre-set routine for the day. You just simply walk in and let someone make the decisions on what exercises you’ll be doing. Paying to give up your ability to choose sounds odd. But it goes to show just how much we value our DECISION TANK and how much we all hate running on empty mentally. Honestly, it is a relief to have some decisions made for us, or made as a whole.
Our creative dreams require fuel. So how do we keep the tank full?
Steve Jobs understood the need to simplify everything. He was known by his constant black shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. When he was making billions he was often asked about changing up his wardrobe. His reply was always the same. He realized that if he began to expand his attire he would need to make decisions about that everyday or hire someone to do that and it just wasn’t somewhere he wanted his mental energy to go. He decided that he wanted his decision tank to remain as full as possible to create what he envisioned for the world.
This is a strong lesson for us all. Many of the wealthiest and most powerful in the world choose self-initiated FASTING. It may be something as obvious as Steve Jobs’s clothes or something private that simplifies their lives. But what comes across so clearly is this…just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. Stuffing our lives and schedules with MORE doesn’t equal living life to the fullest.
A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I have come so they may have life.
I want them to have it in the fullest possible way.
~ John 10:10
Everyday you have a finite supply of decision making ability. Think about your day and consider…WHAT ASPECT OF MY LIFE IS IN NEED OF A DECISION DETOX?
Here’s a great song to download that will keep you encouraged: This Is Living by Hillsong Young & Free
Quote of the day: Never make permanent decisions on temporary feelings.
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