Decisions, decisionsPosted on: Dec 30, 2015
It varies, and not always in proportion to the importance of the decision. Sometimes I’m paralysed by choice in Tesco’s and end up trailed by security guards as I wander suspiciously up and down the biscuit aisle in a fog of uncertainty. But other things, like what to get for my first tattoo, I can decide on a whim (I went for a star. You can’t go wrong with a star).
Some decisions are no-brainers. When my 18-year-old self was accosted on the street by Davina McCall when I should have been at college, and asked if I wanted to be on telly, I said yes without thinking. When my other half first approached me in a dark, loud club and asked if he could buy me a drink, I didn’t think twice (Jack and Coke, if you’re buying) because I had a gut feeling he was a good guy. Over ten years on and he hasn’t proved me wrong yet.
Much has been written about the burden of choice in the modern world. We’ve never had it so good, with so many different options and possibilities. Looking for a bottle of water? You’ll have to decide which out of the 47 different options will best hydrate you. The diversity of take-away coffee has become almost self-parodying. Basically, any time we want to spend our money on something we have to draw up a mental list of all the alternatives, and their relative merits. First World Problems, sure, but still irritating AF. Sometimes I long for an old-fashioned corner shop with only one type of cereal.
When you think about it, the tradition of New Year’s resolutions is all about choice. Choosing what’s important to you, deciding what you’re going to focus your energies on in the coming year. Because for everything you focus on, you have to push another thing aside. For every gym session, you lose an episode of Frasier. For every bowl of plain couscous eaten, you lose the will to live (only joking).
There are only 24 hours in the day (and yes, I've seen those annoying motivational posters informing me that 'Beyonce has the same number of hours in the day as you'. She also has countless millions and an arsenal of household staff, so I consider that argument beyond pointless). So how are you going to spend yours?
I’m choosing to focus on two main things; building my client base and personal development. The former will encompass lots of mini goals, like doing more networking and improving how I approach ‘cold’ prospects. The latter will include things like doing more public speaking and finding a volunteering opportunity that fits in with my schedule (which I’ve so far failed to find).
If you’re making resolutions this year, I wish you all the best with them. If you’ve decided you’re perfect as you are and that nothing needs to change, I’m truly jealous of your self-confidence. Happy New Year!