Life is about a lot of things, depending on each individual, but it breaks down to choices at its most basic level. Each day we are faced with choices. Sometimes we face the same choices each day. Making some choices are not like a one size fits all thing. Let’s say you’ve made the choice to lose weight (or you choose to be Happy). Every day you will be faced with choices that will either keep you on track with that choice or lead you away from that choice. Will you choose to have fruit instead of a decadent dessert? Will you choose vegetables instead of pasta laden with sauces? Will you choose to exercise or skip it?
Let’s say you make the better choices today. That’s great, but you need to realize that you will be faced with the same kinds of choices each day. Some days you may not make the better choice. But being aware that you will have to continue making daily choices can help your resolve and help you get through the moment of decision.
Be aware that things will pop up each day and often throughout the day. Be prepared ahead of time to make the better choice.
If you sleep late, put off working on a project, grab a donut or flop in front of the TV instead of doing something productive, remember you made those choices. Habits can be hard to break, but it’s ultimately you who decides in each situation which choice you’re going to make. It’s you who decides whether or not you will make a choice that leads you closer to your goals or farther away from your goals.
Peer pressure can also lead you to making bad choices. We tend to think of peer pressure being exclusive to teenagers, but the truth is we are all subject to peer pressure. How many times have you gone on a diet and as soon as you get together with friends, they try to coax you into having dessert? They tell you to live it up a little, you can get back on your diet tomorrow. It’s in those moments when we usually cave in and have the dessert. Even though it was your friends who lead you to the wrong choice in that moment, it’s still your responsibility to own up to the fact that you made the choice.
Start thinking more about the choices you make. Make the decision to make better choices each day. Also realize that sometimes things will pop up that you aren’t prepared for. But if you make a conscious effort to always be aware of the choices you make, you can stick to making better choices, despite peer pressure or what’s going on in your life.