In my role as a coach I meet lots of business people who believe they have limited or no choices. In a recent coaching session, a situation similar to the one described below was discussed.
In your own life, I wonder if there are situations you could apply this story to, and what would be the value of recognising that you do have multiple choices.
We often think we do not have choices in our lives when actually, more often than not, we do. We may not always like the choices that we have available to us at any given point in time but that doesn’t mean we don’t have them.
What if your car breaks down and it will cost you £1,000 to have it repaired? You may become disgruntled, frustrated and irritated at the thought of having to lay out that amount of money on your car. You may say to yourself, “I’ve no choice! I’ve got to pay to get the car fixed!”
The fact is this is not entirely true. You do have a choice.
In this scenario your choices include spending the money to have the car repaired so you may continue using it, or leave the car as it is and use other modes of transport.
Although the alternative methods may not be as appealing or comfortable, they are still there.
How honest are we when we consider the array of choices that we have in many areas of our lives?
You could choose to spend the money to repair your car because it gives you something useful, valuable and comfortable for you; therefore, you could interpret the spend on your car as an investment, money well spent to provide you with a comfortable means of transport.
More often than not, we do have choices, we simply choose not to see them all.
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