Remember That There Are Usually Other Choices
It’s easy to just accept the default options we are given when making a purchase. Doing so can make things less complicated (such as when installing software), freeing up our time and energy to think about things that matter more to us.
But sometimes the default options aren’t what’s best for our particular situation. In those cases, it’s good to remember that we don’t necessarily have to accept them. We can make other choices, either on our own, or by asking for additional options if they aren’t readily apparent.
Let me give you an example. Our local store sells cherries in 2-3 lb plastic bags. While I certainly could scarf down a few pounds of cherries in 2 or 3 days before they went bad — I love them that much — my stomach would not appreciate it.
So when I buy cherries, I first look to see if any of the prepackaged ziplock bags are half-empty. If not, I unzip one of them, tear off a bag from the nearby roller, and fill my own little bag with an amount that I actually can eat. There’s no need for me to pay for extra cherries that will just go bad before I can eat them.
A customer walked by recently while I was in the process of doing this. He told me that I was stealing someone else’s cherries, since they would now get less. I was dumbfounded. Cherries are priced by weight. So both myself and a future customer who perhaps couldn’t eat a giant bag of cherries would both get exactly what we paid for.
That’s when I wondered how many other people just assume that they have to buy the entire bag of cherries.
It’s easy to slip into just assuming that things are what they are, without realizing that there are often other options. So if the default options aren’t what’s best for your situation, see if you can’t find additional ones. Don’t automatically accept things by default.