I came across a quote today:
“You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.” – Steven D. Woodhull.
Doesn’t that make you think? Did you ever consider these examples as choices you had for a happier path?
To continue on our theme of Ideas, Decisions and Commitment, this quote tells me this: Decisions are our opportunities to solidify our choices and we have so many of them in a day!
A set of choices will direct you in a particular way on your Path. Others will put you on a different track. It is up to you to see which choices are the right ones for you. Which ones will make you happier in the next minutes, tomorrow or on the longer term?
Your Decisions will help you bundle a set of choices and use them consistently to keep you on your Path to Happiness. These Decisions, big or small, will impact your life.
The most important message I want to relay to you today is that any choice can lead to big changes.
Therefore, even the smallest Decision has the potential of making a huge difference in your life!
When I write about having an Idea which will lead to a Decision and a Commitment, it has everything to do with your choices. On your Path to Happiness, you will want to bundle a set of choices that you think will make you happy. This is quite logical. An Idea will naturally integrate such a bundle. It’s pretty much a given.
What gets complicated is that our Ideas may look more like big overwhelming projects. Deciding to follow through with a seemingly big Idea with lots of underlying choices becomes more difficult. That’s when the Decision to avoid happens.
The word Decision may look like a big ugly monster to some of us!
It doesn’t have to be that way. Try the following exercise to see how comfortable a Decision can be.
Come up with a very simple Idea that you think will contribute to making you happier. I suggest something like these:
- The first thing I want to do when I wake up in the morning is stretch and think of 5 things I am grateful for
- Before I go to bed at night, I want to write down a quick to do list for the next day
- I want to replace my morning pancakes by a yogurt and fresh fruits
- I want to send one CV out every day to find a (better) job
- I want to write one blog article per week
These Ideas do not have to be part of a much bigger project. They don’t have to be so overwhelming that you will prefer to ignore them altogether. These Ideas can easily be translated into a Decision to go ahead and follow through.
Now find that one Idea and Decide to go ahead with it.
You will see how the smallest Decision will make a difference in your life.