“It is in the moments of decisions our destiny is shaped.” ~ Tony Robbins
I am a firm believer in the quote above. Decisions we make is the most influential things in our life. We make decisions all the time. even if you say you can’t make a decision, you are making a decision to stay undecided. Over the past two or three
The big decision
From time to time we make big decisions that change the course of our life. Decisions like leaving
Childhood to adulthood
Let’s take the example of jealousy. It is generally agreed that jealousy is an unwanted trait, even childish, definitely not anything attractive. When you have a child with multiple siblings and busy parents, the child might feel a lack of love. When there is a lack of love, lack of attention, the instinctive
The small decision
Sometimes decisions that change our life completely can seem small simply because we are not aware of where they will lead in the big picture of things but
Having said that, let me introduce you to my inspiration for this article, which was actually my Spartan Race past weekend.
As you may have noticed, I do OCR in my spare time. I got addicted to it and with it came inspiration and life lessons to be
During the weekend I run Spartan Race Ultra Beast in Slovakia. For those of you who have no clue, it was about 48km long across mountains, creeks, muddy terrain, not a 48km walk in the park. On top of that packed with obstacles like multiple rope climbs, traverse walls, heavy carries up even steeper hills. Story told short, it was a pretty hard race and that is exactly why I do it! To challenge my comfort zone and my mind.
I don’t want to bore you with details about the race, but I felt strong the first half. However, very soon after, at about 30th km mark I started to weaken and had a crisis. I started failing obstacles resulting in a punishments in form of 30 burpees, which tires you down especially if you have to do it in a close sequence.
With tiredness, I had to start my inner demons. The voice in my head started telling me I was only half-way through and that I feel weak and should quit. Maybe you can recognize the voice even if you don’t tire yourself through physical exercise. You can know it from work, from pushing your boundaries…
Fortunately, I started to do what I always advice to my clients. I started to focus my attention on things that would move me forward, not lead me to quitting. I told myself I was not feeling that bad, which was an objective truth. I started replaying in my head words of David Goggins, who you can find mentioned in some of my articles. And most important thing, I took it one step at a time. This is the kind of small decision that compound over time. Instead of focusing on the next 10 or 20 kilometers, I focused on the hill I was climbing. Was that too long and overwhelming? If it was I focused on sections of only 10 steps. I would carry a sandbag on my shoulders counting 1,2,3…10, 1,2,3…10 over and over again. This was my decision in the moment to walk next 10 steps and then again until I was atop the hill.
I also knew that choosing to quit in the race would be very dangerous for my mental health. It would essentially plant a seed of failure in my mind had I quit without fainting. I knew my health was not in danger and that it was just my mind screaming. I bet you know similar situations as well. However I also know that many people choose the easy path. They choose to stay in a relative comfort zone and not push themselves. That results in them having doubts in themselves in unrelated areas of their life, i.e. by quitting the race I would not be able to rely on myself in business because when (mentally) hard times would come, I know I would react the same way – I would quit. I use exercise as a form of strengthening my mind.
Summary: Big decisions, small decisions…
We like to focus on big things. Maybe because they are so “visible” and exciting. We don’t get excited about small improvements.
To sum it up, start focusing on the small decisions you make as they are the most influential in the long term. They compound. If you keep adding to trash, you will end up with a big pile of trash that is hard to clean. But if you throw away small pieces without waiting, you will have your space and life clean. Don’t be like 90% people who underestimate the compounding effect. Build momentum by taking small decisions that favor you in the long run.
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