What is the process for dealing with options and choices?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Goals expert Gary Ryan Blair discusses how it is more important to have less choice than more choices when trying to stay focused and achieving a goal.

    Gary Ryan Blair

    Gary is the President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly focused training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. They accomplish this objective by helping their clients increase their sense of direction, confidence, and capability in all areas of their personal and professional life.

    Gary believes passionately in the enormous, untapped potential that resides within each person and is committed to providing individuals and corporations with tools of knowledge and skill they can use to unlock this potential. He has developed an entire library of world-class training programs, books and learning resources like the Personal Strategic Plan that are designed to make the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar!

    To support his belief in the importance of goal setting and focus, Gary has established and sponsored two nationally recognized events: Youth Goals Education Week, a unique opportunity for kids and teens to learn about goal setting and its influence on their future, and New Year's Resolutions Week, an insightful series of activities designed to encourage people to set goals for their lives.

    Gary believes that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan. He shares this belief and his unique strategies with school systems and companies around the world such as IBM, NASA, General Electric, Federal Express, Ford and many others.

    In addition to The GoalsGuy, Gary has created the wildly successful got goals?® campaign. It's mission is to inspire people to Be More, Do More and to ultimately Have More from life.

    His personal philosophy can be summarized into two words: Everything Counts!™ He believes in sweating the small stuff, and teaches that every action, word and thought either moves you toward or away from your goals, mission and ultimate legacy; that every moment offers an opportunity for advancement or retreat.

    When Gary speaks and writes, he does so from the heart, with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone having an important, intimate conversation. A polished storyteller, he has a way of making the seemingly complex, easy to understand.

    Gary, his wife Erika, son Ryan, and daughter Libby live in Tampa, Florida with their two wonder-dogs Beefcake and Pork chop.

    Host: What is the process for dealing with options and choices?

    Gary Ryan Blair: So what is the process for dealing with options and choices? The key to is understand is that, do you want more choices or less choices. Most of us think that we want more, the reality is you want less. Now we live in a society where you can be have and do anything you want. So that goes hand in hand with unlimited opportunity, unlimited prosperity, I understand it but it's also a catch 22, here is the catch.

    When you have more choices, when you have more options, what it does, it creates diffusion, it creates an inability to be decisive which is the number one leadership skill that everyone needs to develop. When there is more choices you become unsure of yourself. Let me give you an example, when I moved into my house in Florida, we had an option of tiles, we had an option of paints, we had an option of all types of decor and it was wonderful, even faucets for the sink and so forth. What got me, what really kind of got me was when they pulled out the carpet swatches and there were forty different variations of the color brown and tan and it got to point in time where we kept going back and my wife was indecisive and it drove me a little bit, a little bit bogged us from the stand point of one need to make a decision and get this house done.

    What happened was is that as we were presented with more choices and more options with tile, with carpet, with paint swatches and so forth, it took us longer and longer and longer to make a decision. Now, I do believe that Henry Ford had it right when he said You could have the model T in any color you want as long as it is black. It doesn't take you very long to make a decision, real quick. So, what happens is is that we have more options, more choices, it takes longer for us to make a decision and then it creates diffusion and that's not a good thing, so you want to do everything you possibly can to remove as many choices and option as possible and that's why it is imperative that everyone determine exactly what your core strengths are. Focus on what you do well, remove everything else and get rid of all the other options and just pay attention to hard pay off activities.