“If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” -Maya Angelou
In last week’s post we talked about incremental growth. This week we play with the opposite idea. Sometimes in order to get the changes we want to see, we need to shock the system. Can we go cold turkey on the cold turkey? Can we make the drastic choice to win right now instead of mañana?
Life is a beautiful ride that is driven by our decisions. When we look back, we can see the string of decisions that have gotten us to where we are at today. Its true, we do not have control over the actions of others or the events of the world, but we do get to decide on how we respond to them.
On a daily basis we are faced with hundreds of choices. What should we eat, where should we go? Nowadays there are endless options for everything and endless temptations. It is off course great to have options but decision making can paralyze us into inaction. If it is change that we are looking for, inaction is usually not the anecdote.
You hear it all of the time: I will start tomorrow or just one last cigarette. All too often we outsource the changes we want for ourselves to the future. Why wait though? Why not start now? When we understand the benefits of a healthy change, we suggest making a deep commitment to that change in the moment. A great way to stay accountable is to let some one else know about the change so that they can motivate you as well. Also, by setting some stakes or making a friendly bet, we may be more likely to make the change.
Moderation has always been the happy medium. Nobody likes to be too extreme with their decisions. All this may be true, however when it comes to cutting out the things that are no longer serving us, why not go all in.
In the end, the best way to frame a decision like this is simply by applying it to a daily basis approach. Whenever we throw out words like forever, we scare ourselves. Committing to anything for forever seems to be more like a life sentence as opposed to a harmonic evolution.
So wherever you are, use today, use right now to do the things you want to do. There is no sense putting our actions off until tomorrow. Yes it is cliché, but life is too short.
Let’s not take today for granted.
Let’s change the way we travel, together.
The Lifestyle Project