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One Decision Away

You may have heard of internationally known motivational speaker, podcast host, and best-selling author, Mel Robbins. She’s amazing. I love her podcasts – so full and rich with information and inspiration. She posts a ton of wonderful messages on her social pages.

I especially liked this one from today:

“You are one decision away from a different life.”, and isn’t that the truth?

Have you ever stopped to think about where you are today and the decisions you made long ago (or maybe just last week), that put you here?

Honestly I hadn’t ever thought of it like that, but now that I’m thinking about it, I’ve made quite a few life-altering decisions in my life that absolutely changed it for the better. I suspect we all have.

Here’s a few of mine:

1. I wasn’t the best high school student, the classes just did not light a fire in me, and in my senior year I really didn’t know what I was going to do with my life.

Going to college seemed out of reach, given my lack of funds and/or family support.

However, I was really great at doing whatever my friends were doing, so I decided to follow them and take the college entrance exam, the SAT. I had no plans of going anywhere, but thought, why not?

My SAT scores we’re off the charts great, but acceptable. So, okay, college was an option.

It was between graduation and the start date of college classes that I made the decision to go to college and applied to my hometown University, Old Dominion. Low and behold, I was accepted!

That decision completely changed the direction of my life. Not just the decision to apply, but also the decision to stick with it….get the degree and graduate. Which I did.


2. And then there were the myriad of career choices, I made so many of them, and each were slightly life changing. Each time I applied for a different job, I was making the decision to change my life, to leave where I was for something new, different and hopefully with better pay and benefits.

In this realm, the decisions I made to change positions or organizations were primarily for upward mobility and an improved salary, especially when the organization did not have a clear path for either.

But there were other times when the decision was not mine and I was left without a job, completely terrified of what to do next. I wish I had had Mel’s comment then, that I was one decision away from a different life. That kind of thinking would have made the grueling job search much more bearable.

3. Another clear life decision most women face at one point in her life or another is whether or not to have children. Again, I did not rush to decision to have babies, realizing it would indeed be LIFE CHANGING.

It most certainly was, and for me, it made life different in so many amazing ways that at the decision making time I was not, nor could I be, completely aware of all of them.

Little did I know how those amazing little beings would enrich my life in a bazillion ways, and still do to this day. (Nor was I completely aware of all the challenges coming my way, outside of well-known sleep deprivation.)

4. The most recent decision I made was to start my own business, to forge a new path as a life coach. I’ve been waiting a long time to do this, and have finally, finally fully 100% committed to this completely different life.

And honestly, just like all the other decisions, I have a ton of fear around it. What’s going to happen? Will I be good at it? Will I fail? What if I succeed?

Each and every one of us faces a life altering decision multiple times throughout our lives. The point is, make them….take the leap of faith to follow your dreams or do what you really want to do. We’ve all heard too often that life is indeed short, and that we’re put on this planet to do what brings us joy (granted, that last point you may not have heard often enough).

So my question to you is, like Mel’s, what decision are you going to make today to completely change your life for the better?

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