Last night, I stayed up an hour or so past my bedtime to be with new friends. I ended up having trouble sleeping. That made waking up difficult. That made getting to the gym difficult. I’m now running late for a big day with a big event.
Decisions are Dominos
Our choices tip other choices closer or further away from us. “It’s just one cookie” is a choice further from our fitness goals. “I’ll call her later” is a choice away from a business goal. “200 words on my book today is plenty” is a choice away from your publishing goal.
Your decisions do have follow on effects. Tip over one decision and it’ll knock all your dominoes off onto new patterns.
It’s not to say that everything is fragile. It’s not to say that you can’t be flexible. It’s not to say that you can’t choose to live outside of your structure and plan. But know that every choice you make will smash into another choice and there WILL be a follow on impact.
What Decisions Are You Making Without Much Thought?
It wasn’t until I stopped eating bad food that I learned just how much it affected my general health. I got all of one cold this entire winter season, and that was basically sniffles for two days. Meanwhile, all my friends who just came back from a big week long drinking session disguised as a “conference” are all reporting SARS-like symptoms from their beds. Decisions.
I didn’t make a single sales call yesterday. Decisions like that will put me out of business eventually. Thus, I have to choose a different set of actions, lest I find myself wondering where my business went.
Which decisions do you need to change up in your life?