We are where we are in life because of the choices we have made. All our choices have consequences. It is not just a matter of each choice having a consequence (or consequences), however. Our choices, and the consequences, accumulate and can have a domino effect.
For example, choosing to eat a piece of dessert for a special occasion will not make anyone gain weight. However, choosing to consume more calories than what one needs, day after day, week after week, year after year, will cause weight gain and can lead to obesity and other health problems. This is, of course, an example of a series of choices leading to negative consequences.
Choices can also lead to positive consequences. Exercising for 30 minutes for 1 day is not going to impact anyone’s health. Exercising for 30 minutes 3 times a week, over the course of months and years, however, will have a positive impact on a person’s health.
I know, and I’m sure you do as well, people who lie. The more they lie, the more people don’t trust them. The more they are dishonest, the more people believe they are always dishonest, even on the occasions when they are telling the truth. On the other hand, people who choose to be honest build trust with other people. People believe what they say. Both the dishonest and honest people have built reputations—not because of one choice, but because of the series of choices that they have made.
People who continue to make responsible choices gain more of what they want out of life. Those that continue to make irresponsible choices spend time and resources trying to repair the negative consequences of those choices. That is time and resources that are not available to create the life they want. More is spent on damage control than on creating.
This same concept applies to all aspects of our lives, and all the choices we make. The consequences, good and bad, of our choices over years becomes significant. If we want a different life, we need to make different choices, not just today, but always.