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After the Slash

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Article / Blog was written by Shola
Article / Blog can be found in its entirety here: thepositivitysolution.co

There is nothing more important in the world than this. When you're done reading this post, I'm confident that you'll agree with me.

Your happiness, success, your health, the job of your dreams, inner peace, true love, even your sanity depends solely on this one thing.

It's called the slash, and you cannot live another moment without a full understanding of its power over your life.

Strangely enough, you've probably never heard of it until now. Stranger than that, is the fact that you use it multiple times a day without even being aware of it.

That is, until now.

In order to understand what I'm talking about, please allow me to illustrate the power of the slash in action.

A while ago, one of my students in a customer service training class told me that she's often rude to her coworkers. Not in the ignore-you-when-you-say-hi-to-
her type of rudeness, I'm talking about over-the-top, combative type of rudeness.

What's worse is that she's convinced that she can't help it.

When she's dealing with the stress of the day, sometimes she turns into a "horrendous bit** from hell"=" (her words, not mine) who yells and screams at everyone in sight.

According to her, she doesn't want to act like this-it's the stress of the job that makes her do it.

Unfortunately, she has resigned herself to the fact that her behavior is simply out of her control. In her own words, her behavior has now become a habit, and even though she's fully aware of it, she can't seem to make it stop.

Of course, I had to politely call her out on her ridiculousness. Tough love should be a weapon in the arsenal of all teachers, as far as I'm concerned.

What she described is not a habit.

That's because once she became aware of her "habit," it immediately ceased to be a habit, and it became something else.

A choice.

Her choice to be the "horrendous bit** from hell" (as well as every other choice made by every other person in this world's history) was born from the critical moment known as "the slash." And it's on the slash that we'll begin the process of examining our lives much deeper than we ever have before.

Standing on the Slash

The slash represents the all-important decision points in our lives.

On one side of the slash lies a choice that will honor you by enhancing your life and the lives of others, while the other side of the slash lies a choice that will do the exact opposite.

Without exception, each one of us must stand on the slash numerous times a day and decide which side of the slash we're going to live on.

It's a pretty big deal, and I'd advise against taking the slash lightly. Since it is so important, there are some critical rules about the slash that you should be aware of-luckily there are only two of them:

1) You cannot avoid standing on the slash.

2) You cannot stand on the slash forever.

The slash will always force us to choose a side-there is no middle ground.

And yes, not choosing is a choice in itself (seriously, marinate in that fact for a minute.)

The good news is that the slash always gives hints if you look at it closely (The Slash: /). You can either slide down the slash's slope toward the less desirable option, or notice that the slash always leans toward the better option.

The choice is yours.

From this point forward, you are standing on the slash and you'll get to decide if it's more important for you to live your life before the slash or after the slash.

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What are your thoughts? I've always said life is about choices. Those choices become habits. Habits can be broken in two weeks. Now doesn't that sound awesome or what?

Per the dictionary:

Choice - an act or instance of choosing; selection, an alternative, an abundance or variety from which to choose

Habit - an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary; a dominant or regular disposition or tendency; prevailing character or quality

Can you see the correlation between a choice and a habit?

So what are going to do? Which slash are you going to choose?

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