Maintain The Balance of Choices
On our boat we have a little café, bar and souvenir shop. I have always believed that having lots of choices is much better than being limited. That belief was about to be shaken on one summer day.
The weather was beautiful, hot and sunny. The boat was packed with families, students from language schools, tourists from all over the world. I was busy serving and that’s when I’ve begun to notice the pattern – struggle with choices.
Some customers were so overwhelmed with the choices of chocolate bars that after 20 minutes of browsing they did not buy anything (bear in mind that some of our cruises are only 30 minutes).
Other clients would buy one chocolate bar and then come over and over again until they’ve tried every single bar. It was almost like they were worried that they would miss on something, if they did not try all of them.
Then there was another group of clients who came prepared with packed lunches and treats, they were sitting, eating their lunch and observing the growing queue at the till, then suddenly they felt the pressure of buying at least one treat from the boat.
So whenever you set a goal or create a wish list, ask yourself the following:
1. Is this what I want?
2. Do I need it?
3. Do I feel like I am missing on something by not getting it? If so, what am I truly missing?
4. Do I feel pressured by family, friends, colleagues, celebrities?
By answering those questions, you gain clarity and maintain the balance of choices. :-)