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Make the Right Small Decisions & the Big Ones Take Care of Themselves…

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Make the Right Small Decisions & the Big Ones Take Care of Themselves…

When was the last time you made a big decision? I mean a big one. You know the kind: those decisions that rattle the brain and stir the stomach. The kind that keep us up wondering whether we’re flipping the right switch, pushing the right button or hiking the right trail – the gut wrenching kind. You know the type.

This could be quitting a job, moving to a different city or ending a relationship. These are the so-called life-changing decisions that take us down paths we’ve never expected to walk, encountering people and places we’ve never dreamed of, and experiencing things we’ve never suspected. Life-changing, but are they as life-changing as we perceive them to be?

French philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) once wrote that, “It is only in our decisions that we are important.” If so, then I fear to think we define ourselves solely by what we deem life-changing decisions, for in the grand scheme of life they are but few compared to the many small decisions we make daily. Doubtless, the big ones have impact, but it’s the small ones that define us. They make us who we are and they make us “important” as Sartre writes.

Pick a city, any city, and decide to move there. It could be Manhattan, Miami, Vancouver or London, Berlin, Shanghai – ultimately it doesn’t matter. Each place has its circumstances that leave their mark, but it’s the small daily decisions we make which determine how our lives unfold. They determine the mark we leave upon the place and the people we encounter there. Small decisions like how we treat family, friends, colleagues and strangers; like eating healthy and keeping active; like going the extra mile in everything we do. These are the decisions that determine the impact the big ones have upon our lives. The devil’s in the detail. If we don’t get the small ones right, we can’t expect to get the big ones right either.

Not uncommon, especially after the novelty wears off, is the person complaining about the new job, new spouse, or new city. The hope that the big decision would render a cure for everything quickly dissolves. It quickly dissolves because the small decisions that follow don’t change. Old patterns die hard and the panacea hoped for becomes a nightmare of new problems to contend with.

Big decisions leading to new beginnings are a wonderful part of life (see Take Action and ‘Spring’ into New Beginnings…), but they’re only wonderful if we pay heed to the numerous small ones we make day-in, day-out. So make the right small decisions and the big ones will take care of themselves…

For more check out The C.A.T. Principle: Change, Action, Trust – Words to Live By, a 2014 & 2016 GOLD & SILVER Global Ebook Awards Winner, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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The C.A.T. Principle

A 2014 Global Ebook Awards GOLD Winner for Best Self-Help Non-Fiction Ebook.

A 2016 Global Ebook Awards SILVER Winner for Best Self-Help Non-Fiction Ebook.

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