Decisions & Actions

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I am currently making my way through the book, THE SPARK. As I have been reading, there are many sentences that I have underlined because I find them to be particularly motivating, inspirational, informative, etc., or simply because I want to return to the sentence at a later time to think about it more deeply. One particular sentence that resonated with me as I read Chapter 4 tonight was:

"Life is the sum of our decisions and actions; results appear where we place our energies."

This is an incredibly simple, yet powerful, concept. Every second of every day, we are faced with choices: whether it be the choice between pancakes and syrup or oatmeal for breakfast, to the attitude we are going to have towards our coworkers, to the amount of presence and focus we approach a task. These choices may seem insignificant in the moment - in fact, the majority of us go through "the motions" of our everyday life without recognizing the very small choices and decisions that are before us to make; however, over time, our quality of life is shaped by the sum of our decisions and actions in our everyday circumstances. It is only when we set goals in certain areas of our life that we become truly aware of the way in which actions and decisions build on eachother, gaining momentum towards change.

I am currently in my 10th year of university. For as long as I can remember, it has been my goal to go to graduate school and earn a PhD. My passion is learning. It always has been. I never have had a doubt that I wouldn't end up in graduate school. In high school and undergraduate university my energy and focus was to do what it took to get into the extremely competitve graduate program that I am now in. I was always very aware of potential connections I would be making or needed experience I would be getting when I chose to take opportunities that presented themselves to me. And it paid off. Academically, my life today is very successful.

"Results appear where we place our energies."

I ended a 7 year relationship with my high school sweetheart right before I moved to begin graduate school. There were many things wrong with the relationship, which I will save for another blog post on another day; however, I can admit that I had always put school before my relationship. Just like I have always put school before my own health and fitness. While I am set to get a PhD in my dream profession in the next two years, I have not been on a date in the last 5 years. I have gained 50 to 60 pounds since undergrad.

"Results appear where we place our energies."

For all the reasons I wrote about in my last blog post, I want so badly to change my life. I NEED to change my life. I need to start approaching nutrition and exercise the same way that I approached pursuing my passion of higher education. I need to start making small decisions and actions that, over time, will accumulate to big life changes. I need to truly understand that, whether I buy a quick, convenient lunch on the go or whether I take 10 minutes to pack a healthy lunch the night before is a CHOICE and that this CHOICE will, overtime, shape my life and its quality. Whether I decide to go to the gym and workout before going to work or sleep in until the last possible minute and skip the gym is a CHOICE. I need to open my eyes to the choices that I am being presented with every single day and to start making decisions that will lead me to what I so desperately want my life to look like. I need to take OWNERSHIP of these areas of my life...because after all, the only person standing in the way of reaching my goals is myself.
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