Written by Rima-Maria Rahal
Interestingly, while big questions seem to have such pressure that they cannot be ignored, smaller questions tend to fly under the radar more often. They go unnoticed, and they are easy to miss, because they have ostensibly little impact on the progression of our lives. Should I go to the gym today: yes or no? Should I apply to this skill building workshop: yes or no? Should I get coffee with my coworkers, yes or no? If you miss out on making a decision in one of these situations, the impact is not traumatic, right?. After all, what is a missed chance when we are talking about whom to spend the coffee break with, right??
But is it really the case that the small (omitted) choices do not matter, or at least do not matter so much? Is it not rather that case that these countless choices or cases of omission accumulate quickly into a bigger direction in our lives? Small choices matter, and missing out on them means giving away the opportunity to take a shot at uncovering something unexpectedly amazing. Who knows, maybe that coffee appointment with your coworker is the moment the two of you come up with an amazing idea to restructure your workflow in your department. Who knows, maybe that skill building workshop could hook you up with an amazing facet of a skill you had not acquired before. Who knows, maybe your workout makes you amazingly productive for the rest of the day? There are countless chances and opportunities lying in wait for us, disguised as mundane everyday questions, only waiting to be aroused into action. Say yes to making the choice, instead of letting life wash over you and take the choice out of your hands.
Does this mean you should stop prioritizing and simply say yes to all questions put before you? Not at all. When you say yes to making the choice, this does not automatically mean that you answer the question put before you with a yes. When you ask yourself if you want to eat spaghetti today, you should not just say yes to eating those spaghetti. Rather, you say yes to the choice, and actively make a decision on the matter: whether spaghetti or not. But despite all prioritizing, getting proactive, involving yourself in a diverse list of projects, and taking on tasks which get you in touch with interesting characters is usually worth a “yes” in answering the question. After all, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, and everyone you do take, given appropriate time budgeting, can evolve into the chance of a lifetime.
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