Last night, I had three intriguing firsts. One occurred because I chose to turn left instead of right. Another occurred because I chose to go upstairs instead of downstairs. A third occurred because I trusted someone’s suggestion and said yes. Each of these decisions led to outcomes that were significantly more valuable than the cost of the decision itself. The decision was not complicated at all, it was nothing more than changing or tweaking one thing and trusting in one person’s suggestion without question. The return on this investment however was quite spectacular given how minimal the investment was to begin with.
This made me think, how close are we every day to significant returns if we do even ONE thing differently?
If we choose to praise instead of criticize?
If we smile at one stranger instead of walking right passed?
If we order a tall drink instead of a grande?
If we take the stairs instead of the escalator?
If we text him or her instead of waiting for him or her to text us?
If we call instead of text someone?
If we visit instead of call someone?
If we listen instead of speak?
If we motivate instead of manipulate?
If we inspire instead of intimidate?
If we coach instead of criticize?
If we stop to compliment one service provider (i.e. waiter, barista, doorman, etc.)?
If we choose to get off the subway one stop early?
If we choose to simply trust one person on one thing today?
If we apologize for one mistake we make today?
If we simply go left instead of right today?
Small tweaks, small changes, minor decisions, left instead of right, up instead of down. What if we invested this small change once a day? What about twice a day? What would the returns be like? What if changed that typical linear path we live each and every day, the same things, the same outcomes, the same pain, the same problems, the same issues, and the same happiness. What if it took one change to modify that linear path for the better? Might we end up on a new path? Might we create an alternate future? Might our problems improve? Might our happiness improve?
There’s only one way to find out. Do one thing differently today. Be intentional about it.