Bad decisions accumulate.
Let say you go to back-to-back parties on Friday and then Saturday.
Then you get sick because you pushed it and you’re body is worn out.
That sets you back and you can’t properly focus on your looming project deadline.
You finally feel better but to make the deadline you have to pull an all nighter or two.
And then because you’re so exhausted you don’t go to lectures. Or you miss an important doctor’s appointment.
One bad decision lead to another.
These seemingly innocuous tiny choices give way to a sequence of little decisions.
And there is a knock on effect from these decisions.
Making a decision has a ripple effect on the rest of the week.
In fact, the bad decisions you make can have a ripple effect that can last for weeks or even months.
The worse thing is that sometimes your bad decisions don’t just affect you.
They can affect others.
People take time out of your day to help you out if you’re sick.
They cook you dinner.
They are more likely to get sick because of you.
And so on.
At which stage in your decision making did you first go wrong?
If you stay up late, you’ll wake up groggy, you might not have the time to make breakfast so you rush, and miss out on vital nutrition, and then you get sick.
This begs the question: at which point in the decision-making process did you first go wrong?
At which stage in your decision making did you start this downward spiral?
Notice how every single decision after that initial bad one affected the choices you made to perpetuate this downward spiral.
It just takes one moment on misjudgment and it’s all over.
The “All or Nothing” mentality
You might be thinking – “well, it’s not all over, that’s a little extreme.”
It’s quite an extreme mindset to have.
One wrong decision and it’s over.
But sometimes one decision is all it takes to shift all the momentum you had going for you in the wrong direction.
It’s a good mentality to have because otherwise you can risk losing a ton of momentum and experiencing a costly dip in productivity.
Look at it this way.
You spent your entire week racking up little victories, building up momentum, stringing together a chain of small successes… until there’s a kink in one of the links.
The chain breaks. You’re out of commission.
So you might as well be extreme about it and have that “all or nothing” attitude if it’s going to benefit you in the long run.
If you got sick it’s probably because you didn’t take the time to rest and recharge.
The reason lurking behind your downfall is pretty petty if you think about it.
You wanted more but you ended up with much less.
So if it feels like a stretch to go out again and your already running on fumes – let it go.
If your body is telling you that it needs rest – make the decision to rest.
If you don’t make that decision for your body – it will make it for you.
And if your friends or whoever try to pressure you into it think long and hard – who’s going to carry the costs of that decision later?
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