There’s A Hidden Cost To All Your Choices.
Let’s imagine you found a genie by chance, and the genie told you that randomly, some three choices you make in your life will be so important, but he fails to tell you what these choices look like.
Would you go about making choices as you always do?
Most of our choices have delayed outcomes, and most of the time, we don’t worry about them because we can’t see them. Out of sight, out of mind.
Life is unbiased in its compounding effect. Whether it’s a small positive or negative; they’re multiplied the same.
0.01 x 365 = 3.65
-0.01 x 365 = -3.65
Basically, all your choices cost in the form of discipline or in the form of regret.
Let’s run some scenarios, each highlighting a choice and its cost:
Proper Nutrition and Exercising Vs The Opposite.
There’s so much information on dieting. We have experts sitting at the extreme edges of opinion. Who is right, and who is not? What is right, and what is not?
Imagine you choose to eat right, sleep well and have a solid workout routine. The benefits of basically eating healthy food can be found here. Here are the benefits of exercising. You should know that sleep is one of your superpowers.
Let’s imagine that, for some reason, you choose to ignore all of the above benefits and the fact that life will compound all of your choices. Here are the effects of poor nutrition. The results of not exercising can be found here.
And while we’re here, you should know that too much of anything is as dangerous as not having enough. I’d tell you to be wary of animal products, but I’m not sure you want to know that eating excesses of these products is bad for you. If you do, I suggest you watch these documentaries:
- Forks over Knives
- Food Choices
- Game Changers
They won’t terrify you to change your diet, but they’ll present you with new facts and information, and you’ll make informed dietary choices.
Being Responsible & Acting Like It Vs The Opposite.
Words should back up actions and not the other way round. Responsibility has such a breadth that I simply can’t comb over it in this post, but I’ll offer an example nonetheless.
Imagine you’re at a crossroad with two diverging paths. On the left, the road seems easy and short. On the right, however, the route appears long and treacherous.
The option to your left will be a walk in the park for sure, but the voice is urging you not to take it because it knows that in the end, you won’t be particularly proud of this decision if you take it.
The option to your right seems daunting. Maybe it’s because you’re afraid, or perhaps it’s because you doubt your abilities. You don’t think that you’re capable enough to start or finish, but the voice whispers, It says you can do it, you’re stronger than you think.
(To the left insert staying in an abusive relationship, and insert leaving an abusive relationship on the right.)
(Insert to the left, blaming your circumstances on the world and every other thing or person you can, instead of holding yourself accountable.)
(To the left, insert staying at a job that pays well; but drains your life. Insert staying for a while and saving most of the cash to start your own hustle to the right.)
Regardless of your situation, the ‘easy’ choice is on the left, and the ‘hard’ choice is on the right.
Responsibility involves making long term calls, priorities and discipline. It includes acknowledging the fear or pain that might be holding you back from making a choice, and it helps you realise that some decisions might cause pain, but in the end, it was worth it.
Staying stagnant is easy. You don’t do anything. Growing is demanding and painful. In the end, you’ll either be responsible or not. If you go through life always taking the easy way out, you’ll lack grit, and life isn’t worth living without it.
Being Kind, Gentle & Generous Vs The Opposite.
Our world is currently a man eat man and every man for himself, but God for us all.
Yes, we’ve evolved, but we’ve lost crucial aspects of our lives in the form of community and real, genuine relationships.
Everyone is flexing for the gram. Whether it’s work or dates or gym or just helping someone else in need, ‘evidence’ is taken and stored to be used as proof later on. We have people doing things not because they want to; but because they think it’s what should be done.
Matthew 6: 1–3 says: “ Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you ”.
We all have bad days, and kindness is part of what helps us or someone else; get through the day as best as possible.
We all get angry and triggered, but gentleness is part of what helps us or others not do or say something that ultimately ends up being a regret.
We all struggle for a time, and generosity; whether it’s financial or otherwise, is part of what helps us and others show concern toward others, and help them overcome adversity.
You get what you give. You keep what you get.