It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from, or what you choose to do in your life. Our lives are affected by the choices we make and their consequences. The good parts of your life, the bad aspects, and even those ugly parts are largely based on your choices and the results that come from them.
If everything is a choice and a consequence, how do you manage to gain total control over them? How do you make those things work for you instead of simply being a slave to them? Well, the first step is making sure that you know you have a choice.
It’s all a result of choices
First, you need to understand that most of your life, as it is right now, is made up of nothing more than a series of your choices and their various consequences. From when you wake up to when you go to bed, you’ve been making multiple choices every minute of every day, both options big and small. Once you understand that, you can start taking control of your life.
If you feel like you aren’t where you want to be in your life, then take a good hard look at the choices that have brought you there and start to make a change. Let’s say you aren’t in the best shape that you want to be in. What choices have led you down that path? Probably skipping the gym more than you should, choosing the elevator instead of the stairs, and overeating junk food.
As you continue to introspect on your life and choices, you’ll discover that many decisions are made because of you, and the results (whether good or ill) are your fault. This isn’t meant to bring you down because that means you have the results in your hands. Change your choices and the consequences; then, you can change your life.
Long Term and Short Term Consequences
One of the best things you can do is analyse your choices’ short- and long-term consequences. Going back to the health aspect as an example, you might not consider the short-term effects of skipping the gym for a day or two because why would you? They’re almost non-existent and are just you feeling a tad guilty or regretful. Not the worst things in the world.
You will feel all the long-term consequences, though, because eventually, you will wake up with a few more pounds than you want and a lot less energy. Since the whole point of going to the gym is to ensure you aren’t dealing with being overweight and sluggish, you will be fighting the long-term consequences rather than the short-term.
See Life As A Game Of Consequences
Breaking your life down into a series of choices and consequences might seem silly, but it ensures you get one thing straight. You are the driver of your life, and you are the person who will make sure that you get it right. Once you understand the value of your choices and how you can shape the outcome of your life by making them, you will be much better equipped to change your life.
Start small, and once you make a few good choices and start building some habits, you can see the significant short and long-term consequences that will unfold from your choices. Those will open up new choices, and you’ll be able to take on even more efficiently.