Saturday, September 30, 2006

We Make 2500 Choices Every Day

Traveling can be draining. The planes, the trains, the different food, the strange beds - and the extra difficulty working out. Travel can also be good mental training, e.g. the endurance challenge of 12 hours in a small seat.

I’m glad to be on my way back to La Jolla, but it is always good to look at your life, yourself and your home from somewhere far away. I’m drinking water from Maine right now. In the last 24 hours, I had bottled water from Italy for dinner, France for breakfast, and on the plane I was served bottled water from both the UK with my in-flight meal and Ireland with my in-flight snack (in the little plastic peel-away cup).

We can find a new perspective if we stop and think about all the different places around the world that we consume food and water from on a daily basis. It has been said that we make 2,000 to 3,000 choices every day. Some are big choices, some small. They all are cumulative and offer us a different life at the end of each day, each week and each year. If you eat healthy for a year, you will radically alter your biochemistry.

Taking the Heathrow Express train back to the airport early this morning, I snapped this photo in one of the walkways of an advertisement. We have all the information to make the right choices every day – it’s often very clear what is good and bad for us.

Plan your diet, workouts, travel and your daily schedule with diligence. Optimize your decisions with your daily choices for the maximum positive outcome. If you do this, your opportunities and dreams will surround you.

It's not just the food choices we make that change our lives, it is the sum of the 2,500 choices we make per day multiplied by the cumulative days of our existence that powerfully impact who we are.