Life seems to be a series of decisions, doesn’t it?
Some of them are conscious.
They are the ones we contemplate before we decide.
“Will I stay at what I’m doing? All I change direction in life? Will I keep this friendship? It’s a time to get this person out of, or into, my life? Well I challenge that statement? Will I change the car? Shall I do that course? Is it time to end this relationship? Should I be wary of what I see happening here? Should I report what I’ve just witnessed? Would it be hard on the person I am reporting? Does he deserve it? Should I let it go? Should I get involved?
And there are any number of questions which need conscious, considered answers.
But, they are a very small part of our daily lives. Ninety five percent, (95%) of our decisions, and subsequent actions, are unconscious.
They come about as a result of habitual, conditioned thinking.
Driving to work, eating breakfast, greeting our colleagues in the morning, how we think on Monday morning, how we think on Friday morning, these are conditioned habitual ways of thinking. The save us time and trouble. As we drive to work, we can consider the day ahead and what we have to do, instead of having to think our way through every gear change and every clutch depression.
Some conditioned thinking, serves us very well, some not so well.
Checking, the bank balance regularly, planning the week ahead, checking tyres and other systems on the car, ringing mum, dad, granny, grandad, children, are all good habits and serve us well.
Dropping in for a quick one on the way home on Friday night, knowing that one will become two or three, and then continuing the half mile drive to our home in the belief that we are “home and dry“ is an example that doesn’t serve us well.
We’ve turned ourselves and our car into a lethal weapon.
Running the credit card limit as if it’s a target, and using another card to pay it off, isn’t a good habit, as we are creating our own potentially bottomless pit of developing debt.
Cutting corners on safety procedures and vital policies, in daily living or the work environment is not a great idea.
We are making ourselves vulnerable with all the possible consequences, not to mention what we’re doing to our self confidence.
Many of the unconscious, habitual decisions, if not all, can be changed. Some of them can be small decisions.
But with huge effects.
Next post, we’ll show how to examine these decisions and get them working for us; how small changes can ring big differences into our lives.
Have a Great Day and Do Well...