"The future is just a bunch of what you do right now strung together."
~ Coach Hand (Kurt Russell) from the film 'Touchback'
"If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves. You gain more control over your life by paying closer attention to the little things"
~ Emily Dickinson, 1830 - 1886
Every single one of us make millions of small, seemingly insignificant decisions each day.
From our morning and bedtime routine, what and how we eat, and the routes we take to our favorite places, we rely on the packaging and reuse of decisions formed throughout the years to efficiently maximize our use of our time and energy. Aside from the occasional 'milestone' event, such as purchasing a home, capitalizing on job opportunities, or navigating medical emergencies, do we realize that we're even making decisions.
Left to these rare, but major situations, it leaves us a relatively small sample size of decisions from which to reflect on our overall being. It is also what propagates the misconception that only a few key decisions make the most impact on our future, good or bad.
Nice. How does this relate to my fitness goals?
- Not one person has ever woken to find themselves 50 pounds overweight simply by ditching the gym one evening to meet some friends out for dinner.
- On the same token, not one person has ever become an elite athlete simply by deciding hit the gym that one day to bench a few reps.
The fact of the matter is, no single independent decision has the power to completely reshape our lives in an instant. It is in the repetition of our decisions that led us to where we are now, and that will pave our way to the future.
With millions of small, seemingly insignificant decisions each day, we have almost endless opportunities for improvement.
Focus your efforts to:
- Recognize the number of decisions over which we really have control.
- Try to win one decision at a time.
You have more control than you think.