Building health and wealth have so much in common. It all boils down to our daily choices. Our everyday choices affect the size our waistline and the size of our bank account. Making the right choice in both cases requires us to know whether something is a need or a want. We all can tell the difference between the two. A need is that is necessary for survival or for reaching your goal. A want is something you would like to have but if you didn’t get it you would be just fine. We all know this, the question is do we practice it?
The secret to success in reaching our goals lies in the choices we make moment to moment. These seemly little inconsequential choices accumulate over time. Whenever we make a decision contrary to our goal, however tiny, it takes us one step further away from that goal. If we do this enough times in an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year, then we will be getting farther and farther away from what we want.
The next time you hear yourself saying “ah one cookie won’t kill me” or “I must have those shoes”, ask yourself if this something that you really NEED given what you are trying to accomplish in your life right now. When you realize that each moment of the day you have a chance to move closer or further away from your goal, it really puts things into perspective. When we make conscious decisions and are mindful of the consequences, it will allow us to succeed in reaching our goals today and in the future.
Here is my challenge to you; if you have never practiced mindful or conscious decision making, this will be a great exercise for you to start with. Set a goal for yourself that you can accomplish in the next five days. It can be either a financial goal or a health goal. For the next five days, practice being conscious of your moment to moment choices. It doesn’t have to be too intense. It can be a simple question you ask yourself when faced with making a decision. That question is “Will this action take me further away from or take me closer to my goal”. If you can answer that question honestly each time, then you would be well on your way to achieving your goal.
I would love to hear from you. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know how it’s working out for you.