Choices are Great. Until They’re Not. Why Too Many Choices Can Be Debilitating.

John Guerrero
2 min readMay 9, 2022


Too many choices can be debilitating. This is because when we’re constantly given the opportunity to choose, it becomes difficult to make a decision-we become overwhelmed.

And when we can’t make a decision, we tend to do nothing at all. To avoid this paralysis by analysis, it’s important to set some guidelines for yourself so you don’t get stuck.

First off, know what you want.

Knowing what you want naturally limits your options. You’re focused on a limited scope of things that interest you. If everything seems to interest you, start figuring out exactly what you want. This is worth the effort.

Second, don’t be afraid to say no.

If you’re considering two options and they both seem good, but one is a bit more risky than the other, go with the safer choice. It’s better to make a decision and be happy with it than to not make a decision at all.

When I sit down and write a Ship essay, I have all sorts of inputs that could feed an essay. Some days I constantly scroll through the list of ideas. Getting over the hump of commitment isn’t easy. Committing to a topic is tough because you don’t know yet if it will yield anything good. This is what keeps me from choosing a topic.

Lastly, trust your gut.

If you’re considering two options and one just feels right, go with that one. Sometimes, the best decision is the one that doesn’t require a lot of thinking.

When it comes to choosing, less is often more. By setting some guidelines for yourself, you can avoid getting overwhelmed and make a decision you’re happy with.

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