When you wake up in the morning, do you choose to brush your teeth?
Do you choose to eat something ‘easy’ or ‘quick’ for breakfast?
Do you choose what route you take to work?
Do you choose to go to work?
Probably not. In fact, many of the things we do on a daily basis are choices that we’ve already made. Choices that we’ve put in our mental bank of “don’t have to worry about this anymore”.
But the problem is that without an ongoing choice…
Without an ongoing analysis of what we’ve already chosen…
We end up choosing what we wanted last year. Or 5 years ago. Or even when we were 10 years old.
This is how we fall into the trap of unloving relationships, or terrible jobs. This is how we start to fail at life & work and one day we wake up wondering “what the hell just happened”?
Instead, the answer is to actively choose on a daily basis. To say yes every day to the things we take for granted…
Until we don’t.
And when the answer is no too many times in a row, we need to accept it, and take action.
Because it’s over.
You haven’t chosen yes anymore. You’ve chosen no.
The Japanese have a word for active work. They call it Samu.
Active work involves being present. Being where the work is happening.
Not distracting ourselves with excessive future planning, long meetings or loud music.
Active work is choosing your actions. Choosing your work. And choosing what you want to put out into the world.
And it’s the only way to accomplish something great. To have an impact.