If you’re like most people, you certainly don’t want more of the same. But here’s the thing, while most people don’t want more of the same, they don’t want change either.
If you’re overweight, you don’t want more of the same, obviously. The only way to lose weight is to change. That means eating less junk food, exercising more, or whatever.
But that means you need change. You quite enjoy eating junk food and not exercising, so you don’t want change either.
Maybe you don’t have a weight issue. Maybe you’re just poor. That’s one thing you definitely don’t want more of. But to stop being poor means making better financial decisions. That means you need to change.
Maybe you’ll need to read some books on finance. Maybe you’ll need to train in a new skill so that you can get a better paying job. That means you need to make some effort to improve your situation. Maybe it even means you need to put in a big effort.
But that’s not for you. You don’t want more of the same but you don’t want change either. You don’t want to read books or learn new skills. All you want is to become magically rich.
In both the above situations, you are just doing the same things over and over again while expecting different results. And that’s a sign of madness, right?
If you’re driving and come to a fork in the road, you have to choose whether to go left or right. You can’t keep going straight ahead because there’s no road. Some try but end up crashing into a tree wondering what just happened.
This isn’t about being overweight or poor. There are many aspects of life that you may not be happy with. Maybe your relationship with your significant other isn’t the best. Maybe you could improve how you interact with your kids. Maybe you feel like your life is stagnating instead of moving forward.
All of these situations are signs that you’re at a fork in the road of life.
We have two choices when we reach that fork. Either we choose change or we chose more of the same. Most people refuse to even choose an option. Why? Because they don’t like either one. They don’t want change. They don’t want more of the same.
What they fail to see is that not choosing either option is choosing the more-of-the-same option by default.
If you ended up with heart disease from eating junk food and living a sedentary lifestyle, you chose the heart disease option. You may think you didn’t. After all, who would choose to have heart disease?
But you chose it by default.
When you came to that fork in the road, you don’t choose change. You went with the default option of more of the same. More junk food. More sedentary living. The result was heart disease.
If you’re poor, that’s what you chose to be. I know that all poor people deny this. There are always special reasons for them being poor. But when they came to the fork in the road, they didn’t choose change. They chose more of the same. They chose to stay in the same dead-end job. They chose to stay financially illiterate. They chose to be poor by default. They just don’t realize.
Have you got a bad relationship with your significant other? That’s what you chose. No, it’s not your spouse’s fault. It’s what you chose. By default.
Are the interactions with your children below par? That’s what you chose.
Is your life stagnating? That’s what you chose. It’s not anyone else’s fault. It’s all down to you.
The only way you can stop getting more of the same is by actively choosing change.
You’re at a fork in the road right now. Which option are you going to choose?
It’s your choice.