With it being the first day of the New Year, the most common question that’s being asked is, “What is your New Year’s resolution?” How many of you have set a New Year’s resolution in the past and not gone through with it? What I’d like to share with you today is a thought that we can carry through for the rest of the year to set us up for success so that we can achieve our New Year’s Resolution or goals.
No matter what your New Year’s resolution is, the choices that you make everyday, every 5 minutes, every hour, can lead you to succeed or hold you back.
Many of my family and friends have seen my transformation over the past few years. What they notice is that my skin has improved, I have a lot more energy, I’m overall a lot happier and carry a more positive mindset. What they don’t see is the everyday choices that I make in order to lead to the result that I have right now. I’m continuing to make these choices everyday in order to maintain it.
The book called The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson explains this concept very well. He tells us a story about a father on his deathbed who shares with both his sons, the power of choice. The sons are given two choices. One choice is to take a million dollars right away that they can invest, and the other choice is to take a penny that doubles its value everyday. One son chooses the million dollars and the other son chooses the penny.
Most of us typically react like the son that chooses the million dollars because it's instant gratification, it’s something that we can possess right away. We don’t end up thinking about whether the choice will lead us to our desired outcome. It feels good now, so we want it now. The downfall is that choosing instant gratification is not a solution for the cause, it's just to cover up a symptom. Once it’s sense of pleasure is used up, it's done!
The son that chose the penny, thought ahead about the results he wanted. He understood that the penny that doubles it’s amount everyday means that in 30 days he would have over $5 million! The choice leads to guaranteed infinite results everyday due to a repetitive action!
The penny represents the little thoughts and habits that you choose everyday. Whether that choice is to ‘go to the gym’ or ‘not to go to the gym’, that repetitive habit that you do or don’t do will compound over time, over one month, over one year, over five years etc.
WHAT IS THE OUTCOME YOU WANT?
Are you willing to feel discomfort in order to grow? Or do you want to be repeating the same year 50 more times?
Think about it. At the end of five years if you chose ‘not to go to the gym’, where would you be? If you chose to ‘go to the gym’ everyday, after five years, where would you be?
WHAT YOU CHOOSE DOES MATTER.
We own the power to choose life everyday. No one else can control that. The power to choose is ours to keep.
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