Small Moments and Decisions are the spice of life
“Your life is made up of a series of small moments and decisions. If you become numb to the small stuff, then that’s why your life isn’t changing. Something as small as the urge to play the bass guitar, the impulse to show up at an audition, or the whim to walk into yoga class can change your life if you act on it. And yet you keep ignoring those impulses, tuning out those urges, or dismissing those whims as if they don’t matter. And the fact is, they are everything. Each one of those small moments is a little point of leverage that you can use to create a true change. True momentum doesn’t come from a blanket decision to change your life from top to bottom in one fell swoop. Momentum is a cumulative force that rolls our lives forward in small, but new directions. True momentum builds from all the tiny flickers of engagement and uncertainty that you discover and create in your day”
~ Stop Saying You are Fine excerpt
Think on this again;
“True momentum doesn’t come from a blanket decision to change your life from top to bottom in one fell swoop. Momentum is a cumulative force that rolls our lives forward in small, but new directions.”
As I sit in my car and drive the rolling country side, I dream about writing 100 songs this year, getting personal bests all summer long in my running, and being recruited for some super fun dance shows.
As I read this quote over and over again, I think to myself…That all sounds great. But what am I currently doing to make that happen?
Truthfully, not much. The amount of time I have spent thinking about the songs I’m going to write is taking up writing time. I haven’t forced myself onto new and challenging trails when I run. And my running has taken precedence over my dancing.
So really, is it realistic to expect my life to change in one fell swoop? Not at all. What will it take? A couple minutes each day, dedicated to working towards these specific goals. Will 20 minutes today cross all of those activities off my dream board? Absolutely not. Will it help bring me one tiny step closer to getting it done? Absolutely.
Similarly, eating perfectly paleo and having a great workout for one day is all fine and dandy. But what happens after that day?
If we look at it as an average, consistency will always win out. If we score 75% in exercise and healthy eating Monday – Friday, our average is 75%. However, if we have one day at 100%, and the rest of the days roll in around a 30%, our average is 44%. Which average do you prefer?
There is some area in your life where you are thinking about more than you are working on it. Let’s aim for consistency. What is it?
Imagine if you put that same amount of thinking effort into action. If you could stop thinking about the past and only direct your thoughts forward, what would you love to accomplish, clean slate, no baggage, no history – just the bright, open future. What would you want to spend your life doing? Write it down.
Now, be powerful. Tell someone and ask for help.