It is estimated that the average adult makes approximately 35000 conscious decision every single day.
Wow, I’m exhausted just thinking on that. Realistically though, most of those decisions, while still conscious, are done automatically. The decision to reach in the drawer and pull your toothbrush out instead of your hairbrush, or putting ketchup on your hash browns but not your eggs, that kind of thing. The preference over one thing or another is still actively making a conscious decision but is more closer to having a computer program running in the background, handling the day to day functions needed to get on with life.
Every day we wake and make a series of decisions that will ultimately determine how the day will turn out. It begins with the most basic of choices – to get out of bed. But the really important one that starts your day is the decision of determining how you feel. If you choose that you feel good then you will probably find that your day, at the very least, starts out pretty good. If you make the choice that you feel bad, well, that may set the tone for a vastly different rest of the day.
As the day progresses, every minute and every hour, we make decision that can alter our day as well. Poor diet choices, good diet choices, wardrobe choices, working hard, slacking off, these kinds of mental decisions form our waking hours but actually stem from much earlier decisions we may have made that are now embedded in our subconscious as part of our belief system.
Maturity plays a part too. The impulsiveness of youth leads us to make uninformed choices that can lead us down roads best not taken. But it doesn’t matter how far down you go, or how hard it may seem to overcome a previous, poorly made choice, you always have the ability to make the decision to turn yourself around and head the other way.
It only takes one second to make a decision that can change your life for the better and it all starts with making the decision to be present and in the moment.
When you are in the moment, you can make thoughtful decisions instead of reactionary ones. Being present allows you time to put thought into your choices, to weigh the pros and cons and to follow out the thread of repercussions the decision may result in.
Any change you make in your life, starts with a decision. To make change lasting, that new decision must be accompanied with determination and commitment.
That is the beauty of the human mind, that we have the ability to choose different thoughts than from what we have previously believed. We always have free will, no matter what, the choice is ours. So make a wiser decision this time.
Don’t think one decision can change your life? Well think of it this way. If you are standing on a path in the forest walking due south but make the conscious decision to turn your body slightly to the east. Let’s say but just one degree. In a few step you will be on the edge on the path, In 100 steps you would probably be well within the trees. Now imagine how far from the original path you might be in 1000, or 10,000 steps? Your trajectory has now brought you to a vastly different destination and it only took one decision.
Once we make a new decision and combine it with the commitment needed to give it legs, we begin to rewrite the old program, or belief that has been playing in our subconscious mind. This is where all of our default programs and past decisions reside.
With repetition of that new decision, the new program you have created in your subconscious becomes the default system in which you operate from until of course, you make another decision that changes everything once again.
So whether it is one second from now, one hour, or even tomorrow, your life can change. You need only to make the decision to make it so and then to give that decision power by committing to it. Continue to make new choices from the perspective of this new decision and your life can not help but move in a different direction.
What one new decision do you need to make that will lead to change in your life? I welcome your comments to keep the conversation going.