#ThoughtfulThursday >> The human behavior question I grappled with over this week was the difference between Choices and Decisions.
The dictionary defines Choice as the act of selecting from two or more possibilities. A Decision, on the other hand, is the conclusion reached after consideration of options. They are connected yet distinct human experiences. The key question here is how does one feel/behave when asked to choose versus decide?
Think of your last restaurant experience when you were provided a menu and allowed to choose. Some of us like the opportunity to exercise our free-will. We find it to be energizing, empowering and motivating. Others may freeze, find it overwhelming, suffocating, and are overcome with the fear of making a bad choice. We all don’t see choices the same way. Yet, we have far more to gain from choice. According to Sheena Iyengar (a blind professor & author on the psychology of choice), - “Choices construct our relationships, careers, worldviews, and identities – we are the sum of our choices.”
Decisions tend to be more cerebral, analytical and rational. They involve figuring out the best action, often assessing the relative constraints and possible tradeoffs in outcome. In reality, most of us make decisions based on what we already know to be optimal or what we are willing to explore. Specifically, we tend to make fairly quick decisions based upon what we “value. “ As a result, our decisions can be peppered with biases and blind spots.
In short, choices and decisions require an open heart and an open mind. However, if I were to summarize the difference between the constructs of choices and decisions, I am inclined to say that we engage our hearts more when it comes to Choices and our minds more with Decisions.
As such, my heart wants to choose the strawberry candy, but my mind decides on the fresh strawberries instead. 😀😀