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The Outsized Impact of Small Choices
The position you find yourself in today is the accumulation of the small choices that you’ve been making for years. (Shane Parrish)
Hiking a summit is a peak achievement (pun intended) comprised of copious individual steps.
Crow’s feet arrive around our eyes after innumerable encounters with a smile, a frown, a grimace.
One unique snowflake accumulates with others to make a storm and, in short order, to change the entire landscape of a bioregion.
We are beholden to our small choices like the wind in our sails. There is immense liberation in knowing this.
Any change we seek to make in our lives and in our worlds requires but one small choice made conscientiously, and then repeated. That’s not to say that that is an easy feat to accomplish, but is as simple as it gets.
Extrapolate that out further, and we get the golden thread that is at the heart of all my coaching partnerships and experience:
We all have goals. We want to finish that audacious creative project. We want to start a new chapter in our careers. We want to show up with more leadership in our vocation. Set the goal that sets your heart on fire. But know that setting goals is for when you want to achieve the damn thing once.
Systems are when you want to achieve your goals on fractal repeat in all aspects of your life.
The right small choices made with intention and artistry create the systems that become habits that become a way of being. Then, we’re not just finishing the creative project; we’re creative to our core across the domains of our life. We’re not just making a successful career transition; we’re in a constant state of deepening impact and ascendancy in all we do.
To create the system that becomes a way of being, we must entrain our bodies, minds, spirits, and will in unison towards the goal. This is the golden thread of Integral® coaching and the philosophy of change that wins every time.
If you’re in a transition moment where the engine of change is idling and ready to launch, keep all this in mind, and by all means, reach out to me for support. Having a trained professional to set more wind in your sails is a small choice you can make too.