I’ve been contemplating that maybe a person’s life reflects their values. The principles you choose to live by impact every minuscule decision you make. A person is free to make any decision, but there’s a double-edge to the sword. Your decisions are married to their impacts and are simply inseverable. I read an awesome analogy a couple of years ago and it was roughly this: it’s like picking up a stick. You can pick up one side of it, but there will always be another side at the end of the stick. So, if you’re eating box mac and cheese for dinner that’s your choice of course – but you’re obliged to the underlying repercussion: perhaps a laziness-in-cooking-and-preparing-meals habit, maybe a poor-health-from-not-choosing-better-options habit. Maybe being impolite has a consequence that would make you think twice.
The point is: wake up and look around you. Get out of your own head. Are you doing what you love? Are excitement and enthusiasm the first thoughts of your morning when you wake up? Is your life a reflection of a carefully designed and constructed passion? If these are no’s – why the hell not?! Re-examine your own life. If it’s not what you truly want, what are you doing to create a better life? Start actions to move you closer every day to your goals, even if those actions are currently small. If there are patterns that pound your life like 30 foot hurricane waves then please accept the reality that you’re probably doing something wrong. I know it’s a hard concept to accept for some, but it makes all the difference in moving forward. Let’s say there’s a typo in an important document that you need to print. You press print and realize there’s a mistake, so you press print again. But the typo isn’t fixed – it’s still there! So you press print again and again and again. Not complex logic to figure out you’ll keep getting the same typo. But isn’t that what so many of us are doing in our own lives? We’re convinced that determination will win; never give up and eventually you’ll claw your way to the top. If you’re getting the same mistakes, take the time to reprogram your blueprint. Ask yourself the hard questions and re-examine your perceptions. So many people can recognize Einstein’s famous quote: “Insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.”