The other day, I was in one of those made-to-order smoothie shops... you know, the ones where you can not only pick the flavor of your concoction from dozens of recipes described on the wall, but also select “boosts” or health supplements to add to the mix.
Just deciding from among the almost-overwhelming selection of fruit and yogurt blends took me a minute or two. But the next step – picking the boost – took even longer.
Hmm... what about a wheatgrass shot for some purifying chlorophyll? Or green tea caffeine for antioxidants and a little energy? Hey, a calcium boost sounds good... but so does an “immunity” shot that might help ward off that cold I think I’m getting.
I finally did get my drink ordered of course. Sometime afterwards, this experience at the smoothie shop made me think about the many choices we have to make every day.
Many of the decisions we’re faced with aren’t that significant in the big picture. But some of our decisions – even if they seem trivial – really could affect our lives in a huge way. And here’s the thing: sometimes, we’re not even aware that we are making important decisions.
Am I going to dress professionally or casually for work? Will I choose to get all the stressful or difficult tasks I’ve been avoiding so far this week done and off my plate, or will I continue to push them off? Will I maintain a positive attitude and find the good, or will I say to myself the first chance I get: “Oh boy, it’s going to be another one of those days... I should have never gotten out of bed.”
And will I continue to keep working at a job that I don’t like, when I know I can - and should - do better for myself and my family?
All of these thoughts – choices, really – create direction and energy that WILL chart the courses of our lives. Not just for that day, but the next day, and the whole week, and so on.
Are you making the right choices for you?
Founder of Winning in the Cash Flow Business
Dalbey Education Institute