Ratchet Your Decisions
Like all of you, my life is a product of a continual stream of decisions made. In a previous post I talked about decisions and how they relate to “good or bad luck”. In that same post I talked about the importance of taking subconscious decisions and making them conscious particularly if you find yourself in a period of “bad luck”.
If you have ever used a ratchet, you understand that the tool is designed to only allow force to be applied in one direction. If you wanted to tighten a nut on a bolt, you would set your ratchet to allow force to be applied in a clockwise direction. If you turned the ratchet counter-clockwise, you would not be able to apply any force. With some of the biggest changes I had to make in my life, I would often think about a ratchet. I would apply effort in one direction and rest, once I could no longer effectively produce any more force or make any more change.
That period of rest was like me re-positioning the ratchet so I could produce force again. I like the analogy because it speaks to the importance of assessing the quality of change made with the decision during the rest. I also like the analogy because once the ratchet is set, it only turns one direction – there is no going back.
One thing for sure is that if you want to influence the direction in your life, you must be the one putting effort onto the handle of the ratchet. If you choose to not put effort into directing change and the course of your life, nature will loosen the bolts of your life or rust them on the spot. You will become a victim of entropy and your life will naturally fall to disorder – this a physical law that is indisputable.
Make a pledge to yourself that you will be responsible for putting the effort into making the necessary changes in your life. Start by setting your ratchet to clockwise and pull.