The concept of "The Choice Point", can be a valuable tool to help us reduce the degree to which we procrastinate, and help us improve the quality or our lives. Most of us are familiar with the concept of the "Fork in the Road", We may be living our life in some way that we believe is not productive, and then decide to take a path that will be better for us, and help us be happier and get more of what we want in life. The concept of "Choice Point", is very similar to the concept of the "Fork in the Road", but it might give us more immediate feedback regarding our choices or actions. Everyday we make hundreds of decisions. We decided to do things that either enrich our lives, or we may make choices that may not be consistent with our overall happiness. Just as a reminder, "That which gives us pleasure does not always make us happy". Before we talk more about the concept of "Choice Point", it is important to talk about our Personal Values. It would be good if we could identify five values that are really important to us. For now lets imagine that we identify one of those values. I will use the example of financial freedom. If I think about the concept of Choice Point with regards to this value, each time I make a decision, I might ask myself if my action is moving towards or against that value. Since I myself have a tendency to procrastinate, I tend to put off doing paperwork, which involves billing insurance companies for my services. If I were to choose to do the work that needs to be done in my garden, in place of doing the billing, I would be taking an action that is not consistent with achieving my financial goal. Dr Russ Harris would say that in this situation I would be making an "away move", because I am not moving toward that specific value. If I choose to call an insurance company or complete some related paperwork then I am making a "towards", move. I notice that for myself if I think about the concept of"The Choice Point", it becomes more clear that my actions may often not be consistent with my values. Thinking in terms of my making, "towards moves" or "away moves", it is a helpful reminder of what I need to do in those moments, when I might tend to procrastinate, and might complete a task of lesser importance. What is it that is important to you? Can you identify five important values and write them down? As you go through your day, are your actions consistent with your values? This is just a tool that serves as a reminder, to help us consciously pay attention to what we are doing and what is really important to us. If you have a difficult time identify what is most important to you, you might look on Google and find a list of human values.
The Choice Point and Personal Values
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