It’s seems unrealistic to believe that every tiny, day to day decision we make is what determines who we are.
But they do.
Our daily choices are what culminate to become a road map of our identity. The way we react to exterior influences, how we choose to wake up in the morning, all the way down to the food we decide to put in our bodies day to day – they all make up the very essence of who we are.
So who are you?
If someone were to follow you around for a week – not getting to know you by speaking, but rather, by solely observing – what would they see? Who would they describe you to be after watching you make your day to day choices after only one week? Really think about it and be honest with yourself. Now, is this the kind of person you want to be known as, remembered as?
If it’s not, what are you going to do to change that?
The most seemingly minuscule things have a domino effect on our overall quality of life. If we are frequently making poor decisions – eating that fatty mystery meat burger we know isn’t good for our bodies, entertaining conversation with people who don’t deserve the time of day from us, not reaching out to that elderly family member we know we don’t have many more days with – we are hindering our growth as human beings and leaving behind a legacy we won’t be proud of. No, at the moment, that one isolated choice may not be “that bad”. But over time, those choices start evolving, and suddenly they’re not so isolated anymore. They’ve become the very blue print of who we are.
The beauty in that though? Our blue prints are totally up to us to design. If you reflect on the daily choices you make and find that you are unhappy with them, all you have to do is start changing those choices. Start with the little things you know will better your life. Decide to get up 20 minutes earlier to make yourself a breakfast you’ll actually enjoy. Decide to make your bed immediately after getting out of it so you start your day off productively. Decide to say good morning with a smile to your peers as you enter your office building. Decide to shoot a text to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, just to say “have a great day”. These small decisions add up and will start reverberating in other aspects of your life as well.
The choices we make, are what make up who we are. Whether we’re selfish or selfless, motivating or draining, ambitious or lazy…it’s all defined in how we choose to live our everyday lives, and it’s all in the details. Don’t let the seemingly mundane take over your life – make everything you do on purpose!