Updated: Mar 30, 2020
When I think of the big impact one small decision can have on our life, it takes me back to the movie of The Butterfly Effect with Evan (Ashton Kutcher). If you're not familiar its basically about a college student afflicted with headaches so painful that he frequently blacks out. While unconscious, he is able to travel back in time to difficult moments in his childhood. He can also alter the past for himself and for friends. But changing the past can drastically alter the present, and Evan finds himself in nightmarish alternate realities, including one where he's locked away in prison. The point of this movie is to show just how powerful one decision can have on your whole life. However, we can't go back in the past and change it; once a decision is made rarely can it be altered.
Since no one is perfect and it's usually our mistakes that really thrust us into a space of growth and awareness; some bad decisions are necessary to gain wisdom needed in our lifetime. But let's look at decisions as asteroids on a crash course towards Earth. Let's say the asteroid is millions of miles away while we're young, giving us a little time to redirect the course of the asteroid as to not cause too much destruction, but as we become older, the asteroid is closer, which means the decisions we make later in life can be more detrimental to our lives. and we may not have enough time to redirect the bad choices and decisions we make.
There is power in small decisions. If you have set off towards a goal then you know each day you make a small conscious decision it will keep you on track with that goal, and eventually each small decision will bring about a big result. This is also true with the wrong decisions; like buying lunch every day instead of preparing lunch only to find out you have to penny pinch to pay the bills. Or making a choice to drink soda and processed foods all throughout your 20's and 30's and when you get to 40 you are unhealthy and overweight. The consequences of your choices can last a lifetime. When you think about it, our future is dependent solely on our present decisions. When we look for instant gratification, which most of us have been wired to do, we don't take the time to weigh the pros and cons of what we consider a small decision. True enough, some things require taking risks in our lives and don't require a long analysis of the outcome, and so like Nike we should 'Just Do It' however, it may not be a good idea to use this same attitude on ALL decisions or we will start regretting how our life turns out.
Then there's the One Decision. Its that one decision that will change your life forever. When you decide once and for all this is what you're going to do and who you're going to be, everything else aligns with that One Decision. For instance, if I decide, from here on out, I'm going to live a life of integrity, honesty and being true to my authentic self, then each choice I make will honor that. When it comes to my relationship with myself, with others, with money and with The Creator it should align to that One Decision I vowed to.
Our lives are a reflection of the good and not so good choices we make. Look around, where have your choices gotten you so far, and what choices need to be made today, to turn it around, improve it or to continue the abundance you have created so far? For me this was a hard pill to swallow. I was disappointed in myself, embarrassed and ashamed of what I created for myself and my children. All it took was for me to make that One Decision. I decided that I would stop hiding myself, shine my light and use my pain and past mistakes as stepping stones to a better life instead of stumbling blocks. I decided I would no longer put off doing the necessary work to growth and healing. I decided I would do this in a way that was true to who I was and not to who people thought I should be. I decided to be more present, consistent and intentional. Once I decided these things, my energy had something to be directed at and anything contrary to that was something I would not waste my precious time or energy on. While I'm not where I want to be; I'm proud to say, I'm not where I use to be and now growth is an everyday thing for me. Even though I decide to stay in the present, I'm very excited to meet the woman I'm growing to be one day and each small decision from this present day will ensure this.
There is power in our choices, and our choices are affected by our thoughts, and our thoughts are affected by our beliefs. What do the choices in your life reveal about your beliefs about yourself, others and the world around you? No matter how small and insignificant a choice is or how significant and transformative it is, it has shaped your life as you know it today which will eventually shape your future.
What's the One Decision you will make today that will bring on a life of MORE? Please share below!