#871 Sandstone

A lifetime of choices, many of them small and as numerous as the grains in a bucket of sand, coalesce and compress forming sediment and then rock until and suddenly, it seems you are set in stone.

You aren’t. Tomorrow can be drastically different from today and yesterday does not define you. Right now, at this very moment, you can choose differently.

These habits that appear to be set in stone. “I’m a nervous person.” “I have a bad temper.” “I can’t lose weight.” “I don’t have time to exercise.” “I hate to read.” “I have to work 60-hour weeks.” “I can’t help it. That’s the way I was raised.” “This is me. I’m too old to change.”

It’s all sandstone. It’s layers upon layers that have been compressed by time, habits, reactions, self-preservation, immediate needs, learned beliefs, and circumstances thrust upon us or invited. Sandstone isn’t granite. It’s porous and easily shattered.

I plan my upcoming week each Sunday. What I love the most about the planning process is renewal. For me, every Sunday feels like New Year’s Eve must feel to the population at large. Each upcoming week is pregnant with possibility. Sunday planning allows me to shed or celebrate the prior week, building on successes or dusting off after a fall. It allows me to think about each aspect of my life and set an intention for each. Do I carry out the plans each week? Not even close! But I never feel like a loser because the chance to renew my intention, create a new one, celebrate the wins, and learn from the losses is a weekly ritual of renewal. I believe that I emerge each week slightly better than the week before.

You are not your past. Regardless of how many self-formed stones imprison you, I’m telling you, they’re weaker than they appear. Tomorrow can be different than today if you just stop, think, and choose.

Own your sales gene…