We must think “not” just primary consequences

All decisions have their own set of consequences, successes and pains. In essence, if you do “X” then you can most likely expect “Y” to happen. Sometimes “Y” is a good thing, sometimes not. It all depends on the specific nature of our day-to-day decisions. When making them, this is an important factor to consider.

We must always validate the repercussions of our choices as they inevitably shape the direction of our life, however, we must always consider the cost, or benefit that factor “Z” may play in our lives. This is important to note.

Let’s say for example that “X” represents an individual choice of not working out, with “Y” representing the benefit of not having to go through the pain of working out. In the short-term this is great as you don’t have to experience the pain that may come from “X”, in this case working out, but the continued repetition of “X” will inevitably lead to unintended consequences portrayed in result “Z”. While a simple example, there is much to take away:

  1. We must always think about the long-term implications of our actions, good, or bad. While at times we may stray, we must not stray long, as the continued application of our habits will inevitably build us up and propel us forward, or hold us back.
  2. Just because you do “X” does not mean “Z” will manifest right away. Habits take time to build. Be wary of what you are consistently doing.
  3. More often than not, “Y” is based on emotion and short sightedness. In the example above this means that you get to forgo the pain of working out (benefit), but in the long-term pay the consequences of such (cost).
  4. “Z” is never experienced right away, but often comes at the continued application of our habits (good, or bad).
  5. You get to decide on how “Z” manifests in your life. While not immediate, we must accept the difficulty of discipline knowing it will shine brighter than the pain of regret.

While just a few, these examples can help us better understand the consequences of our decisions and how they impact us in the long-haul. With that said, choose wisely.


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