Another way to explain Newton’s Law is that every Cause has an Effect.
The decisions or actions we take today, no matter how small, have consequences.
Nobody wakes up one day and decides that they want to be poor. Being poor is a consequence of thousands of decisions that came before, not just one.
You’re The Captain
Imagine you’re the captain of a ship. You’re one mile away from your destination and you’re compass is off a few degrees.
Being that you’re so close to your destination, a broken compass isn’t that big of deal. Once you get in view of your destination, you’ll make tiny corrections and get to where you need to go.
Now, imagine sailing from California to Japan with a broken compass. How far off of your destination do you think you’ll be?
Hundreds of miles! You’ll not only miss your port, you’ll miss the entire country.
This is the Effect of bad decisions, made time and time again.
As a member of Gen Y, you’re barely off the coast of California right now. You have a long road ahead of you.
If your compass has been off by a few degrees so far, you can easily fix it.
If decide to wait to fix your compass, it gets harder. Each day, you’ll be farther off your target.
Cause and Effect Exercise
Take a piece of paper and draw a line vertically down the middle. Label the top of the left side, Cause. Label the top of the right side, Effect.
Now, write down all the decisions you remember making in the last 24 hours on the left side.
Don’t worry how small of a decision it was. Your goal is to come up with at least 20 decisions, which shouldn’t take long.
Now, on the right side list the effect of each of your decisions.
If you slept in, what’s the effect? If you worked out, what’s the effect?
What was the effect of what you ate? What was the effect of the projects you choose to work on? What was the effect of the social interactions you had?
When I do this, it’s like recalibrating my compass. It’s a way to make sure that I’m headed straight towards my target.
I encourage you to try this yourself. You’ll be amazed how many small decisions have lead you to where you’re right now. And please, share your thoughts in the comments.
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