Did you know statistically speaking today is the most depressing day of the year? Why…well for multiple reasons, one being that most people are realizing they have failed to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. People are already failing to stick to decisions that were made 21 days ago!
Have you ever had a moment where you thought ohhh my, how did I get here? It’s a simple answer really, you got here because of a decision you made. As I was reading this morning I came across a golden nugget, the decisions you make today are going to impact and mold the life you will have five, ten, or even thirty years from now. Isn’t that beautiful? What isn’t so beautiful is sticking to good decisions especially the habit changing decisions. You know–the resolutions or goals. You want to lose thirty pounds, you want to save more, you want to spend more quality time with a loved one. These all involve making a change in your current life, but when we think about it doesn’t every decision you make involve a change? Let’s say you decide to sleep in an extra five minutes, that decision will impact the rest of your day. Maybe you miss breakfast, or get stuck in traffic, which in turn gets you stuck with a bad attitude. What if you decide to wake up five minutes earlier? You get time to sit down for breakfast, or get five minutes of peace and tranquility before a hectic day, which results in a positive attitude. Each of these decisions have a different impact. If we look at every decision we make as life changing our lives will actually begin to change and move in the direction we desire.
What do you really want to do with your life? You have to make this decision and then pursue it. This is where most people get stuck. We make the decision to lose thirty pounds, but we aren’t intentional with our actions, we don’t actively chase our BIG decision. We go to the gym only to earn a cheat meal, or we get sore and just quit going to the gym all together. We say we will get back on track tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes. Today is the day you get to be responsible for the decisions you make and take action. If you want to lose thirty pounds focus on the small decisions that you can make to chase the BIG one. You can simply go for a couple of walks each day or cut back on sugar. These are tiny decisions that will lead you to the BIG one of losing thirty pounds. Now the same is true with your career. If you want to be a CEO, business owner, or stay at home mom, what little decisions can you take each day to make the BIG one a reality? Remember every decision you make changes your life. If you want to be a business owner, what are you doing today that will get you there? We can apply this to every single aspect of our life.
The easy part is making the BIG decision, what do I want to do with my life. Most all people know the answer to this. The challenging part is taking the action to chase that decision. But every action you take will get you closer to, or further from, the BIG decision. I challenge you this week to reflect on what you are doing to chase your BIG decision, and spend time being more intentional with the actions you take in your every day life. Are those actions getting you closer to what you want to do? Are you really chasing your decision? Set your decisions on fire and begin to pursue them the day before tomorrow.