Often we make things hard for ourselves.
Sometimes it’s a conscious decision. Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s just that we’re ignorant of the potential outcomes. And sometimes we’re so convinced a certain thing is true that it blinds us to all other options and potentialities.
This tendancy to make a decision and stick with it or pick one explanation and exclude all others can be very dangerous.
It can also lead to a lot of wasted time and effort.
When faced with an issue, we choose a solution and run with it. If later down the line that solution doesn’t seem to be working, we attempt to modify it, to consider other attenuating circumstances and adjust those. Once we spend resources pursuing something, be it time, money or both, we don’t want to feel like they’ve been wasted. This is known as the sunk cost fallacy.
What does this mean for our decisions?
It means we need to constantly be questioning them. Why did I choose this? Why am I still convinced this is the way to go? What new information do I have which might potential change things?
That last one is a big one.
We can tend to get stuck in a rut. Accepting things for how they are and doing what we’ve always done. But instead, if we’re constantly pushing ourselves to learn and to expand our knowledge, we will find new information that might just change the way we think.
We might be able to redefine what’s possible.