The Thursday Thesis - 2/2/2017
“C x A x T = ?”
What’s the simple, yet powerful, rule that operates below the level of most people’s awareness?
What really explains why some people are successful and other people fail, even though their skills, intelligence and backgrounds are much the same?
It’s not luck that makes the difference – it’s choice.
Our lives are little more than the aggregation and interplay of the choices we make today, acting upon the results of the choices we made yesterday, which – in turn – act upon the results of all the yesterdays that went before.
There’s a simple equation that puts it like this:
Choice x Action x Time = Results
Notice that everything on the left of the equation multiplies everything else on the left of the equation?
This means that if any of the elements is a zero, the result will ALWAYS be nothing, zero, nada, zilch.
No choices made, or no actions take, or no time allowed, will always produce nothing.
If the choice made is a negative one, the result of performing that negative action will be multiplied over time to vastly amplify the negative effect of the choice.
Naturally, a better choice, followed by massive action, and sustained over a long time will produce far superior results than will a so-so choice followed by small actions sustained over a short time.
Doesn’t that seem obvious?
I didn’t learn this in school, college or university and none of my friends were taught this, either.
The results are like a wedge when plotted on a graph: small initial results slowly begin to grow over time, accumulating into bigger and bigger total results.
The longer we can make the wedge, the higher the “ramp” rises, but everything begins with the first decision, the first action, and a little time.
Our futures depend on the choices we make, today and every day, multiplied by the actions we back those decisions up with, multiplied by the length of time we perform those actions.
Time is the greatest factor. Time is the reason that a stream can carve a canyon into solid rock – given enough time.
Small actions, performed daily, over a lifetime can be the difference between a life of happiness and fulfilment and a life of quiet desperation.
© Neil Cowmeadow 2017
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