Despite the fact that most humans have unlimited wants, most people can't articulate exactly what it is they want. I've been searching for an apartment the last few weeks. I've looked at a lot of apartments to try and figure out exactly what I want. Just the other day I thought I finally found a place that was good enough that I wanted to submit an application. I wasn't sure though, so I wanted to think about it and discuss it with my girlfriend.
Well right before I could submit an application, someone else did and got the apartment before me. It got me thinking about how I should have just made a decision about the apartment when I saw it. Before I spent all the time looking around, I should have really narrowed down what I would and would not accept. It's so often happens with people. People just don't know exactly what they want, and when faced with making a decision, they have decision paralysis. You would think that given my job as a decision maker, I wouldn't have a problem making decisions, but I guess I'm only human.
I think this plays out in so many ways that are even more important than finding an apartment. People have this problem when deciding what they want to do with their career. I've talked to so many people who know they don't want to be doing what they are doing now but can't tell me what they really want to do. Worse, I've seen people switch to a job just to leave their current job, without really considering what was wrong with their current job and if it would exist at their new job.
Do you ever face decision paralysis because you don't know what you want? If so in what situation?