Yesterday, I had the thrill of driving up 32 with the autumn leaves catching my eye at every turn with the yellow, red, and orange hues. The road was quiet, and I had time to let my mind wander as the visual treat of the trees continued to amaze my eyes!
Thanks to my flexible work position, I was able to take a Wednesday away from the office to spend time with friends at Lake Almanor before they all leave for the winter.
And, my time with good company and the beauty of nature reminded me of the immeasurable power we have in each decision we make.
Consider, for a moment, just how many choices are presented to you each day? Think of how many options you have about what to wear, routes to take to work, foods to eat, ways to respond in conversations, ways to direct your thoughts, photos to check on your phone, and much more!
Just think of the possibilities you can have even before you leave for work.
• Do you wake up to an alarm or wake up naturally?
• What time do you arise?
• Will you shower, and if so, when?
• What clothes will you wear?
• Will you have breakfast? If so, what will you eat, and where will you eat this food?
Those are just a few options you have in the morning, and if you have kids, those often multiply exponentially.
I know that many times in my life, I focus on the big decisions I have to make, and put much more weight on the weight those decisions have on the rest of my life.
Yet, I know that when you are learning something new, you start simple. You learn the basics first, and then process to something more challenging.
In this process to awaken my potential, and create some new pathways in my life, I think it's important to start with the smaller decisions I'm making each day. For, in each conscious decision made--no matter how small--there is the ability to tap into our amazing power.
Today, and in this upcoming week, the focus is on making changes in small increments.
The goal is to set an intention each night before you go to bed (about the following day), on in the quiet of the morning, decide what new decisions you can make to support your big picture goals.
It's in this focus on taking new steps, of stepping out of your comfort zone, that you can expand your awareness and find some magic!
For example, you might try a new food for breakfast or take a new route to work or do something unique at the office. You could try a new activity when you get home from work—watch a different channel, cook a new meal, or brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand.
Use your imagination to have fun with spicing up your routine and exercising your power of choice.
You can print this image, download the activity sheet, draw a simple diagram in your journal, to track some of the interesting new decisions you make each day.
I know that yesterday I broke my usual routine of pushing through hunger at times to get on the road or beat the clock. Instead, I waited to get breakfast before driving.
Today, I'm going to ride my bike to work instead of drive.
It's amazing how your focus can shift into what new possibilities await you just by consciously making new decisions each day. And, it can be super fun in the process!
What's new for you this week?