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Have you noticed how many choices we have?  

I mean, really...the potato chip choices alone are overwhelming.  Plain, sour cream and onion, barbecue, Cajun herb, baked potato, dill pickle, honey mustard, lightly salted, hot and spicy....the list goes on!

How about paint colors....there is no blue...there is blueberry, sky blue, windjammer, salute, diamond blue, fantasy and, again...the list goes on!

Have you looked at all the careers college freshman can choose from?


When I was growing up, we had three (yes, 3) TV channels...it was easy to decide what to watch.

Now....there are hundreds of choices.

Choices are great....right?

When we go to the gas station, we have three choices.  Basic, Middle and Premium....they offer us different benefits and pricing.  It is very easy to decide which one is best for us based on our budget and car.

Do the number of choices make it harder for us to make decisions?

I think yes. Too many choices leave us paralyzed, afraid we are going to make the wrong choice and we get stuck in the decision process, we don't move forward.

What do you think?



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Comment by Lisa Graham on May 15, 2012 at 4:42pm

Hey Jerry,

I have been to Kent's training and the coaching seminar!  Both are wonderful, I can't say enough good things about them!!

When you said, "I want to really hone in on my specific passion but the more I try, the more I see opening up before me." - that really struck me!

I think the more we learn to "think outside the box", the more possibilities we see!  That is all good but then the  more choices we need to make!

So excited for you and your upcoming seminars!!

Comment by Lisa Graham on May 15, 2012 at 4:39pm


LOL, yes, fear of not making the "perfect" choice....yep, that stops me!

Comment by Lisa Graham on May 15, 2012 at 4:39pm


LOL, I laughed about your phone only coming in one color but it is so true!!

Very true....we have to be responsible with our decisions!

I hope people in survival mode have a chance to pursue passions too!

Comment by Lisa Graham on May 15, 2012 at 4:29pm


I agree completely! We are taught a certain way and that way does not usually recognize us using talents as a way to earn a living!!

Trust is a big thing....I hadn't thought of that before but you are 100% right!!


Comment by Lisa Graham on May 15, 2012 at 4:26pm

Ohhhhhh, Don!

I love what you said, "The fruits of the seeds we plant are not harvested until a later season."  

Those are very wise words!  Thanks for joining in the discussion!

Comment by Don Dunay on May 15, 2012 at 7:56am

Dr. Sheena Iyangar talked about this at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast Event.   She called it "Choice Overload" and said most people will choose not to choose when given too many chocies.  It makes for a lot of Lookers but less Takers.  So how do you get around that problem in business?  Cut the choices, categorize and start with the simple choices first and then advance to the more complex choices. 

I think the most overlooked aspect to choosing is where the choice will lead you.  The fruits of the seeds we plant are not harvested until a later season. 

Comment by Bernice Coles on May 15, 2012 at 7:20am

I think you are very correct. As we know here at 48days, it's often hard to turn the tide and make a choice we love related to work we love. I've been discussing "education vs. application" with some folks as a part of the "choices" and getting "unstuck" thing we hear. A friend of mine had to leave a Ph.D. program to tend to some health related problems. This nearly pushed them over the edge, but that degree would have gotten them NO WHERE near what they love to do....travel (they've lived in over 20 cities) and been to a ton of countries...and photography.They LOVE to take pictures and do so all the time. It's not just the choices that gets us tripped up. It's not trusting the gifts in us, and knowing how to make a viable living from them. Most of us are taught in one track and have to bend along a steep learning curve to change course. 

Comment by Izmael Arkin on May 15, 2012 at 12:08am

I completely agree. Too many choices can be paralyzing. When I got my phone I found myself happy that they only had 1 color because they I didn't have to choose :)

But I think it runs a lot deeper than that. With choice comes greater responsibility. If I was in a state of "survival" I would need to grab the first job I could find. It wouldn't be difficult to choose a job because I would take the first thing that comes my way. But since, I am in a very good situation I am now given the opportunity to choose the line of work I want... This ultimately requires more responsibility on my end. I must proactively identify my passion and then pursue it.

A very powerful question that you bring up.

Comment by Lisa Nelson on May 14, 2012 at 10:29pm

I agree...too many choices leave us paralyzed.  But, maybe it's not the choices that's the problem.  It might be looking for the "perfect" choice, that is causing our issue.  Good question to ponder :)


Comment by Jerry Stumpf on May 14, 2012 at 12:41pm


 Thank you for your insight!  As a person well beyond my "teen" years, I am realizing that the opportunities are mind boggling.

 This week I am going to Kent Julians Boot-camp to narrow my choices. I have preached for 38 years & owned a successful business for the past 17 years as well. I want to really hone in on my specific passion but the more I try, the more I see opening up before me.

For so many years I was, as you put it, "paralyzed", so I am looking to Dan Millers guidance and those on these forums to get some traction.  Part of my expertise is ideas. I can see the end from the beginning as Stephen Covey mentioned, but I see too many directions at once. I look forward to becoming more targeted so that my service to others is not so open ended.

I plan on attending Dan's coaching seminar in September.

I will be coming back here to see what others are saying going forward.

Jerry --> The Best Is Yet To BE!

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