If you’re not happy about where you are in your personal life, career, health, or financially it’s because you didn’t make the right choices before today. Your past decisions determine where you are today.
A few years ago, I was sitting along the water enjoying a beautiful sunny May afternoon, when I realized the date. It was an anniversary for me. It had been 10 years since I graduated from college. (OK, this happened more than a few years ago, but who’s counting!)
Reflecting on the past, I realized I was disappointed or at least not very satisfied. I was not in a good personal relationship, my career was stagnant, my bank account was not as impressive as the balance on my credit cards and I couldn’t say I was particularly happy. I had dreams of buying my own condo and traveling further than Cape Cod, which is only a 90 min drive without traffic. Then it hit me, I never decided where I wanted to be 10 years after college. So I was exactly where I intended-no where in particular. I had been making small consistent bad choices each day. NOT making a choice is a choice.
How could this happen?
Well, it happens all to often and to many, many people. Where you are today is the result of the previous choices you made.
Compound Effect of Choices
Some decisions in your life are significant and others are insignificant. But they all impact your life, in one way or another.Where you are today (good, bad or indifferent) is the result of the previous choices you made. Click To Tweet
Let’s say you have this goal to save more money, get rid of any credit card dept or pay off a loan quicker. (This was one of mine years ago.) Every morning on your way to work, you stop pick up coffee and breakfast to eat at your desk, totally $6.25. It seems like an insignificant purchase that one day and maybe even the next. But over time, it adds up. $7,812.50 over 10 years and that’s not including the interest you could be making off of that money. (Well, interest rates are so low today, that’s a joke.)
Want to advance up the corporate ladder? Are you showing up late to meetings you’re not prepared for, gossiping about your fellow colleagues, treating the mail person or housekeeping disrespectfully or barking out commands to the few people you do manage? The compound effect of these decisions is an unfulfilling position with a disengaged team, which might eventually get you on the ‘let go’ list, if and when your organization is forced to down size.
Start Making Better Choices
It’s not too late to start making better choices. It’s NEVER too late. Where you are, in your career or personal life, may look undesirable but you can pull yourself out of the hole you’ve dug yourself. You may not even notice the impact of making better choices until enough time has pass. But eventually, you and others will start to notice. You never wake up 20 lbs overweight, it happened over time. You never get the giant promotion or envied client on your third day with the new company. It takes time and you need to be consistently disciplined to make the right choices. Be easy on yourself and understand it will take time (more than 48 hours) to change.
Don’t discredit those minor decisions, becasue they add up over time, taking you further away from your ambitions and goals. Your past does not determine who you are or your future. Click To Tweet