How many times have you looked back at the end of the day, week, or month and realized that you were unconscious to the majority of decisions made and activities that occurred in your life? As you ponder this you realize that nothing you did during that time has moved you any closer to your goals?
We all have responsibilities in our day and tasks that are just part of what are expected to do. We do them so frequently that they take little or no conscious thought. Thank goodness, our brains work in such away that we do not have to be present for every little task in our day; it is nice to be able to brush my teeth and mentally be somewhere else. To attend a staff meeting and update budget documents all before lunch with very little thought.
The decisions and activities that I am speaking about are those that happen in between these daily ritual tasks. When we snap out of autopilot and make ourselves present, focus on how each small decision can either take us closer to our goals or further away, we just might find the outcome is radical change.
Think about it – if you decided tomorrow to be present in all decisions or conversations with your goals in mind do you think your day would turn out different? Do you think your influence over those around you would be greater? I challenge you to try this and see what is revealed to you as you actively participate in your own life.
After all, we are all going to be “something” in 2013, why not take steps to be an active participant in what the “something” is.
Photo credit: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski