“The hardest thing about the road not taken is that you never know where it might have led.” ~ Lisa Wingate
“So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ~ Gandalf the Grey
We’ve all been there. We are presented with the right choice to make, but in the wrong situation. We know what the “right” decision is, but sometimes it is so hard to make it.
I was there this morning. My alarm was going off, and I reached over and turned it off so as not to wake up my family. It was that moment that I am referring to. I had a choice to make, even though it mainly happened subconsciously.
Here was the decision:
I could have set my phone down, gone back to sleep, and got another hour or so of sleep. The other side of the equation was to get up, go downstairs, work my tail off in my gym, feel better about myself later that day, and start off by dominating my day.
What did I choose, you might be asking? I decided to get my butt out of bed, head downstairs to my gym, put on some rocking music, and crushed my workout. I now feel like a million bucks, had a great start to the day, and have a ton of extra energy to get things (like this post and video that follows) done!
But, what would have happened if I had made the “other” choice?
More than likely, I would be bumming around, getting ready to serve my patients, and not really even realizing how much better I could be feeling.
That’s the bad part about making the “wrong” decision. You usually don’t even realize how crappy you feel in the moment. It is only when you consistently make the “right” decision than you realize how much better life can be on this side.
How are you going to decide when THAT MOMENT hits you? It may seem like a simple choice that doesn't matter in context to your whole life, but each time you make the wrong/easy/comfortable choice, you create a cancer that spreads into each decision moving forward! Question: In what way(s) can you set yourself up for success when these moments arise? How can you protect yourself from making crappy decisions when tired or weak? Like and share YOUR thoughts below!
Dr. Jake Schmitz