Mindset Monday: Micro-Decisions
You can not make progress without making decisions.
There are two kinds of decisions you need to make.
Macro Decisions & Micro-Decisions.
The first is the Macro decisions. These are the types of big decisions you make about yourself and your life.
Here's what these things are not:
-They are not hope and dreams (I wish I had more time to workout)
-They are not goals (I am going to start working out)
- They are not benchmarks (I am going to lose 10 pounds in 2019)
Macro decisions are when you take the time to make a decisions about yourself. "I am the kind of person who works out every day." Even if you're not - you make the decision to become that person by deciding what you need to do every day in order to become that version of yourself. It is a declaration about who you are as a person.
This big decision should come before you make your goals and benchmarks. Before you set your goals - imagine the person you want to become, not the accomplishments you want to cross off your list.
This could be things like;
"I"m the kind of person who wakes up at 5 a.m."
"I"m the kind of person who doesn't have debt."
"I'm someone who reads every day."
Then comes the micro decisions. These are the smaller decisions you need to decide EARLY ON so that your macro decisions stay true. Benjamin Hardy addresses these micro-decisions in one of his blog posts but in essence they are tiny decisions you need to make in order to prevent decision fatigue.
Every day we have to decide so many little things:
Wake up or hit the snooze?
Workout or skip it?
Eat a good breakfast or just have cereal?
Floss our teeth or nah?
And that's the first 4 minutes of the day!! They continue throughout and by the end of the day there are thousands of decisions we have made. We get burnt out by making them and that leads to poor choices that are not in alignment with our macro decisions and causes failure to meet our goals.
So we need to set ourselves up for success and make the decisions ahead of time. Even the super tiny ones. Before we get to the point in our day where we have a choice and might be tired of making decisions.
Wake up or hit snooze? The phone is in the other room so I must wake up now.
Workout or skip it? My clothes are already laid out and I committed by reserving my spot the night before.
Good breakfast or cereal? I have already meal prepped egg bake.
It's the same with flossing your teeth, eating healthy, or reading 20 books a year. Get the floss out the night before, make your meals in advance, and always have a book ready to read and a time to read it.
If you make these decisions for yourself before the decision is actually required to be made there will be no doubt, no room for decision fatigue and success will be inevitable. You will become the person who you decided you wanted to be when you made your macro decisions. In order to be successful you must make these decisions. Big and little. Decide on the kind of person you want to become and then make the small decisions each day to become that person.
In what areas of your life are you struggling to be the person you decided to be? Health? Wellness? Nutrition? Mindset? Parenting? Your career? Ask yourself what micro-decisions you can decide on ahead of time to help propel you forward and eliminate decision fatigue.