Defaults are the Enemy of Vibrancy
Most of us have no idea the impact ‘defaults’ have in our lives. Many relationships were never chosen. Our perspectives on faith, politics, sex, and diversity are overwhelmingly influenced by how and where we were raised. Our hobbies, like hunting, fishing, reading, and poker tend to be passed down generationally. Why do we root for (or against) certain sports teams? Why do we value (or note value) education? Why do we use that brand of toothpaste? Why is our Christmas tree real or fake, or we don’t have one? Why is that our favorite genre of music?
In countries where becoming an organ donor is the default, typically more than 90% become listed. Meanwhile, countries where the individuals need to opt-in, only 10-15% become donors. Why? Because we have an extremely strong bias toward the default.
Once we realize how strong the pull of defaults is in our lives, we become aware how few of our decisions were actually made intentionally. Most of us have settled for the default in many ways, not even aware that there are far more options available to us than we ever realized.
Challenging defaults is how we develop visions for our personal lives, relationships, nonprofits, businesses, and neighborhoods that move from ordinary to extraordinary.
Moving from default-living to intentional-living is how we revitalize our lives and our communities, transforming them to become exceedingly vibrant.