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The Choices We Make

Few weeks ago, I received an anonymous quote as a forward -

“Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It's not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make, period.”

As I dwelled on this, I realised this is 100% true.

There are many powerful thoughts conveyed in these three sentences - choice, responsibility, blame, decision etc. But the core of this is really in the choice we make. It is the choice that results into everything else.

Did you know that an average adult makes around 35000 decisions in a day and young kid makes about 3000 decisions? Per day!! WOW! This is the number from multiple sources on internet. But even if half of it is true; or maybe fraction of it is true, we’re still making substantial decisions every day. And these result from the choices we make.

As we draw close to this year I want you to think about the decisions you made this year the serious ones.. and how many of them are really your conscious choice? Think about it

And how about this week

Did you make a conscious choice to skip that gym?

Or did you decide skip it subconsciously because you were comfortably tucked inside your bed.

When you make a conscious choice, you’re evaluating the pros and cons of that choice. You’ll be able to understand the decision making process without getting into a decision fatigue.

Let me share an example. Years ago my husband and I took a collective decision to create space in our schedule for mandatory vacation. For past 11 years we have been taking out chunks of our time which is 3-4 weeks a year to travel to exciting destinations from our dream list.

Friends comment and joke about how consistent we are with it and sometimes even puzzled as how we can travel to so many places, even make road trips that are on their to-do list.