I have a magnet on my fridge that says, “ One day she woke up and decided to Simplify everything.” I love this! We live in a world with unlimited choices and information overload, which some may say is a great thing. However, as psychologists and economists study the issue, they are concluding that an overload of options may actually paralyze people or push them into decisions that are against their own best interest. There’s a famous study called “The Jam Study” that supports the point that too many choices can result in no decision being made at all or a feeling of insecurity in the decision we made. The Jam Study showed that the more samples of jams to taste attracted more people but ultimately a significant higher percentage actually made a decision to purchase a favorite flavor when given a lot less options.
I’m sure you can easily relate this to choosing a wedding dress or deciding on a honeymoon destination. Twenty-four years ago, when I shopped for a wedding dress, there wasn’t wedding planning sites and thousands upon thousands of options to view from your computer screen and I still found it stressful! Looking back I was limited by a budget and I tend to be indecisive, so I limited myself to smaller shops. I actually ended up purchasing the first dress I tried on, but not before I checked out and tried on a lot more dresses at multiple shops (I drove my mom crazy)! Once I let go of that nagging feeling that I may be able to do better, and embraced the feeling that I loved “this” dress and it made me happy, I was able to be at peace with my decision.
I heard a podcast this morning that reminded me of the idea that keeping life Simple creates happiness. I heard an interview with Bert Jacobs, the co-founder and CEO of the Life Is Good Company. That’s the company that makes the t-shirts with the character Jake and the phrase “life is good” on it. This is an off the charts successful company and Bert shared that they created more complex messages and graphics and it didn’t sell. They came back to Simple graphics and messages and the sales went through the roof. People crave Simplicity is this complex world!
Here are some suggestions that will help you to keep it Simple when it comes to planning your wedding day:
- Limit your choices to 3. Narrow down wedding dress styles and don’t keep looking at style’s you’ve eliminated! Do the same with every category; bridesmaid dresses, flowers, honeymoon destinations.
- Trust your intuition. Usually it’s that 1st thought that is your “gut” telling you “yes” or “no.” Don’t let opinions from friends and families sway you!
- Once you make a decision on any detail, don’t mull over it any further. Move on!
- Purchase 12 WEEKS TO A FIT BRIDE today! This program will lay out Simple formulas on how to get wedding dress ready, what to register for, how to set up your kitchen and live healthily & happily ever after with your fiancÃ©.
Keeping life Simple means less stress and more peace & happiness. As your Bride Fit Coach, I look forward to supporting you with all your health & wellness goals to be a fit & fabulous, happy & healthy and stress-free BRIDE!
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