Sunday, June 12, 2011

The choice to write and read this final blog...

Right now you are reading my final post blog. Thank you for weighing out your other alternatives and giving up some opportunity to do so; you will not regret this. Prioritizing ones behavior is done so by motivating factors and considered opportunity costs. These costs have individualistic values that are based on exceptions and satisfaction levels. Choice overload is when the environment presents too many alternatives, leaving the decision making process overwhelmed. This results in demotivating effects leaving the person less likely to make a choice. The costs of the choices made are held accountable for, leaving an individual pressured to be responsible. When the choice is disappointing one will feel regret with increased levels for the amount of options that were rejected.

For example, let’s say you began this post and your significant other calls you with the options to put down the book, meet him at the bar, and then go out on the boat fishing. Depending on the motivating cost of each option one could make a variety of choices. In this instance, you could look at the length of time required to complete the task and judge whether to stay and finish, meet at the bar, or meet at the docks. Accompanying this judgment are possible feelings of regret depending how much you value completing the post blog, consuming beers, or catching a fish. If you had high value for all three you may finish, grab a beer and go out fishing. If you do not care for drinking or fishing you would hold a weaker value, and feel less regret for missing out on either one. If you liked fishing but not drinking, you could finish the blog and meet at the docks, without feeling any regret for not getting a buzz on or not finishing the post.

Life is about choices, and from an early age I have always been overloaded in my array of options. My parents allowed me to be an individual, while providing and supporting all my endeavors. This sounds all well and nice but as I became this individual I developed an anxiety related to the choices I was presented with along with feelings of regret. It is like a constant battle in my head to plan for the future and live in the moment. I am the type of person who doesn’t relax on vacation; you do not want to scan this cat.


  1. I loved your title of your post. It definitely motivated me to read it.

  2. i can definitely sympathize with the battles between weighing out the multitude of options as opposed to focusing on the truest option and proceeding accordingly. I think that this can be related to kids who are choosing their colleges while they are in highschool. Personally, I know that I did my research and narrowed down my search before I zeroed in on my options. However I had a friend who applied to 12 different schools (and yes, she paid separate app. costs for all of them). While options are a good thing they can also be overwhelming, which is exactly what happened to her. She was accepted by 10 of the schools and subsequently became so overwhelmed by the choices that the severity of it made her choose based on elements that eliminated schools for all of the wrong reasons (such as settling for the cheapest one as a practicality and thus sacrificing the prestigious education and the true fit for her at another school). The choice bore too much weight between too many factors that it blurred the lines between what was necessary and what made an easy choice for her. She ended happy with the college she chose, but she has taken the experience as a lesson learned in prioritizing. Sometimes less is really more

  3. First off, I loved the title of your post as well! And Secondly, I can relate to you. There are definately pros and cons to being raised as a young independant person left to make so many decisions starting from a young age. And yeah a vacation is never truely a vacation for me---my mind never stops thinking!