Your Choices Today Will Affect You Tomorrow
Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you. John C. Maxwell
Hello, and thank you for joining us today I hope youre well and having an amazing start to your day, yesterday I wrote about sacrifice and how to be successful; some sacrifices must be made today, and I want to talk about the choices we make.
The choices we make every single day, be them big or small, have a huge impact on our lives not just today but tomorrow and potentially for many years down the line.
Eat the high-calorie lunch or go for the chicken salad?
Sleep in or get up at 5am and go to the gym?
Give up on this goal or pick yourself and keep going?
We make choices every single day in the blink of an eye, hundreds of times a day, and what can feel like a very small decision today can have a large and long-lasting impact on your life potentially years down the line.
So many of us, and I include myself in this, make decisions without thinking about them, almost blindly moving through life without taking the time to think about other possibilities or the consequences of our actions. No one puts a few stone on after one slice of cake but several months of not being mindful of your diet can lead you to somewhere you dont want to be.
Each choice we make has a couple of effects on us; firstly it affects our minds ability to rationalise choices we make. Often, we make very small decisions, and I will use weight loss as an example, often very overweight people will say they struggle with how they got to the weight they are at their heaviest, and the answer to that is it happened one meal at a time and started in very small steps. The odd unhealthy dessert here or there, they may have eaten out a few more times or picked a ready meal rather than cooking, and slowly it becomes normal to do those things. Soon their meal choices change, perhaps they start to order more take away, maybe have a few more drinks. Without realising their portions have grown, theyre eating between meals, and its not the right stuff, and very quickly their whole behaviour around food has diverged significantly from where they started.
It happened one choice at a time.
One hamburger wont kill your diet, but understanding that making repeatedly bad choices can have a significant impact on your life is important.
I apply the same rule to our sales team; one bad call does not ruin a day but repeating the same mistakes repeatedly can have a massive impact on someones ability to perform, their confidence, and their success in a position.
Next time you’re faced with a choice between working that self-discipline muscle or taking the easy route, just stop for a second and ask yourself what impact this choice is having on your life?
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Have a great day!