What is life but an accumulation of the choices that we make? All the choices that you have made up until this point are what brought you to where you are standing now. Sure there is much that is out of your control, but a vast majority of why we feel the way we do, where we are, and what we are doing with ourselves, comes from the choices we make each day. Most the the choices we make however go mostly unnoticed. We work so much from the subconscious mind that we really aren’t consciously aware of most of the choices we make. We just kinda zoom around on autopilot making the same choices every day based on the habits and routines we have established. Some of them are not always the best choices either.. Smoking a cigarette with your coffee in the morning. Drinking a few redbulls throughout the day to give you that extra edge. Getting fast food for lunch because you chose not to go shopping last night. Hitting the snooze 15 times until you have no choice but to burst out of bed and run around like a manic until you’ve done the bare minimum just to get your ass out the door! The more we unconsciously make daily choices, the worse we could potentially be off. The worst part of it is, the more you do them, the easier and more unconscious they get, in turn becoming that much harder to break. Lucky enough for us, the reverse of this is also true. The more aware we are of the choices we make, the better those choices become. Over time, making better choices becomes habitual, and something rooted in the subconscious.
In my experience I have found that just becoming aware of a habit or unpreferred choice, gets you halfway to no longer making it. It’s so easy to get caught up in the bustle of this crazy world, thinking about where you want to be five years from now, what you should be doing with yourself, what Kanye is saying on twitter, what everyone else is thinking about you, different things that you will be doing at different times, but not right now. What you really should be focusing on are the choices you are making at this very moment. We don’t realize that most of what we want to attain doesn’t come in an instant once you’ve done or realized something. It is the outcome of constantly applied effort that eventually takes you to the place you want to be. So your focus should really be on the choices you make in each moment. Will this choice take me closer to the place I want to be? Is this actually keeping me from doing something I need/want to be doing? If I don’t make better choices that effect my health now, how am I going to look and feel like I’ve always wanted to?
I will tell you that changing any aspect of yourself is never easy and there will always be resistance. Just be patient and persistent. It may not seem like it at times, but there is a part of you that always knows what you truly want. There is also a part of you that knows what choice you ‘should’ make. Unfortunately the right choice is not always the easy choice, and we love taking the path of least resistance… I urge you to really take a look at your life and ask yourself if you are where you want to be. If there are certain tasks you have chosen not to do because of the challenge or struggle they will bring. Your life isn’t going to change over night. Making the right choice now will not only benefit you in the future, but also in the present moment. Knowing you are moving forward and in alignment with your values is a great feeling.
Your life really is a sum of all the choices you have made in your past. Good, bad, conscious, or unconscious. We aren’t always going to make the best or right choice. Just always remember this one thing, you always have the ability to choose.