Every day we are faced with countless decisions that will alter our path in some way or another. I recently read an article that stated the average person makes over 5,000 conscious decisions a day. That’s almost 2 million choices a year. We weigh these decisions differently of course and make the majority of them in a split second. Some of these choices we look at as insignificant and others as life altering, depending on the person.
Take getting dressed in the morning for example. When I pick out what I’m going to wear in the morning it takes me about 10 seconds. Literally, 10 seconds, and 5 of those 10 seconds are groggily spent trying to find the closet door in the dark. Obviously, I don’t place a lot of value in this area and thus, I don’t spend much time thinking about it. There are however, those of you that place a lot of value on what you wear each day and go to great lengths to perfect your style and make a statement with your appearance.
The vast majority of the decisions you make over the course of your life will have a relatively small impact on its outcome. Captain Crunch or Cheerios, Chuck Taylors or Air Jordans, skim or 1% milk; regardless of your choices, in most areas your life you will keep going down a certain path.
However, there are some pretty big choices you will make that can and will significantly alter the path you find yourself on. The following are some (not all) of those big life changing decisions, placed in the order in which a lot of you (but not all of you) will face them. In fact, you may and probably will find yourself faced with some of these decisions multiple times in your life.
- Your decision on hobbies and extracurricular activities
- Your decision on spirituality/religion
- Your decision on education after high school
- Your decision on a career path
- Your decision on where you will live
- Your decision about a spouse
- Your decision about family
The first three, possibly four, life changing decisions you will make can take place while you are still in high school. Let that sink in. Over half of the life changing decisions you will make in your life can be made before you graduate high school. Imagine your life as a book and you are writing the table of contents right now. You have the rest of your life to fill in the details, but the core content, the outline, you are putting into place today.
You are currently making the decisions that you will be living out for the rest of your life.
Your decisions matter.