One Decision Away
Work. Home. Eat. Family. Friends. Health. Mental Health.
You’re exhausted, unmotivated, under- valued or simply not where you want to be.
You are simply one decision away from changing your life.
Making that one decision to change your life doesn’t have to be hugely impactful or grand like moving house or country. The simplest decision can have the greatest impact.
For example, choosing to spend more time on selfcare; increasing your water intake to benefit our mood, skin, energy levels. Deciding to go to bed 30mins earlier, or waking up 30mins earlier to walk and clear your head, actively choosing to opt for the healthier food option, all the small things add up and end up creating large shifts in our wellbeing.
“You can't make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”
― Michelle Obama
There are very few things we can actually control, we live our lives trying to get a ‘grip’ of what we can control and often we concern ourselves with things that are out of our control! We avoid certain positive opportunities, as we fear the possibilities of what could go wrong- the uncontrollables! So we need to flex a bit more strength incoming our fears. To do this we might start by assessing where we think our perceived weaknesses are, or any habitual patterns we have developed with time- that maybe clouding our judgement! Honesty is the best policy- then we know our next plan of action is actually going to help us move forward.
There is a sacrifice with every change or movement we choose to make- but it is knowing when these sacrifices are for the greater good. And they will be unique to each of us- as what one see’s as a sacrifice another may not- and that okay as you only have to concern yourself with how you handle your sacrifices through life.
My ultimate goal- join the Royal Air Force. My sacrifice was my best friend- my dog Annie. Being away from home so much I can’t see her as much as I want. It's not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What's hard, is figuring out what you're willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.
Balancing sacrifice and decisional gains.
- Establish who you want to be and what your core values are.
- Is your decision realistic? Can you achieve the next step?
- Create a pros and cons list to help your mind decipher through what you want.
- If you decide on something- commit to it, otherwise you are wasting your time.
At each point in your life where you’ve faced a cross roads- you will have made the decision that best suited you at the time- therefore you should have no regrets as at that moment you chose what you felt was best for you- and it sculpted the person you’ve become today- whether those experiences were positive or negative.
Majority of my own decisions have been positive on getting me to the point I’m at today, my short stint in Dubai, my bodybuilding phase- I learnt, I grew, I gained confidence.
That one decision you’ve been contemplating for a while, analysing the pros and cons- its sounds extremely simple and naïve, but have a little courage- have the courage to overcome the fear that is holding you back.
One of the most powerful tools you possess is your mind, taking control of your thoughts and developing a sense of trust in your own capabilities. When you truly want something to succeed you will find a way to accomplish it- regardless of the time or effort required.
One choice, just one, can change your life forever. Simply put, your life today is what choices you have previously made, but with new choices, you can change direction from this very moment. For me, that idea alone is highly motivational because it offers tremendous hope, regardless of circumstances, for a better tomorrow.