The Cumulative Effect: How Small Choices Affect Big Parts of Our Lives

“Life is a sum of all your choices. So, what are you doing today?” ― Albert Camus

We often think that our lives consist of the big moments; the moments that we look back on and remember forever. But in reality, it’s the little moments and all of the small events of our day to day lives. Every choice we make comes together as the sum of who we are. It’s called The Cumulative Effect.

Have you ever watched the show “My 600 lb Life”? Every person featured on that show will tell you, “I don’t know how I got like this.” But people don’t weight 600 lbs overnight. It’s cumulative.

Over time, we build habits.

They’re the choices between a pop tart or fresh fruit for breakfast; running to Starbucks out of convenience or making coffee at home to save money; going to bed early or staying up late to watch Saturday Night Live. These small, daily choices all add up to who we have become, and who we will be in the future.

If you want to be a true Flux Agent, a career leader who seamlessly transitions from project to project, you have to be disciplined in your daily habits.

Six months from now, what do you want your life to look like?

This isn’t rhetorical, write it down on a piece of paper or in your journal. Now, how are you going to get there? You may be tempted to think of all the major things you can change in your life, but try to start small instead. Do you want to get promoted at work? Decide to turn in your projects two days before their due dates instead of waiting until the last minute. Do you want to save some money? Bring your lunch to work instead of ordering delivery every day. How about weight loss? Stop eating after 7pm, no excuses. Six months from now, you’ll be shocked at the big changes you see from changing small habits.

Life is the sum of all your choices. So, what are you doing today?

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