Earlier this week I saw a quote on Instagram that said “We are only one decision away from living a totally different life” and it blew my mind. I know that the decisions we make in life can and will affect us for the rest of our lives but this statement made me realize that on a more granular level. KFC founder, Colonel Sanders, was rejected 1,009 times before making the decision to make his 1,010th attempt to sell his chicken recipe which is the decision that changed his life. This quote motivated me to analyze my past in order to see how I got to where I’m at today.

Years ago when MySpace was popular, I remember searching for other musical artist that lived in my area to collaborate with. I sent out a bunch of messages reaching out to others and received a lot of responses where people would invite me to come to their studio or to their show in order to talk business. Every conversation I had sort of fizzled out and no connections were made. It was mainly my fault; I was lazy and wasn’t really disciplined with my music at the time. One day I received a message from this guy inviting me to meet up with him and for some reason I made the decision to go. I can tell you today that one decision alone changed my life significantly. I ended up meeting two of my best friends as well as making other close friends, I was part of a small DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) tour, I became a better musician, traveled to Haiti to help earthquake victims and a long list of other things. I didn’t know it at the time but that decision gave me the life I have today. I wouldn’t even be doing spoken word or this blog now if it wasn’t for that decision then.

It’s important to realize that what we decide today may seem insignificant but in reality it can be something that changes your life and sends you down a certain path. Both the good and the bad decisions we have made has shaped our lives to be what it is presently. I’m not telling you to stress every choice you make in life but I think it’s essential that we’re aware of the endless possibilities or choices can take us. If I had chosen to continue being lazy in the aforementioned story I would have missed out on some great experiences, amazing friendships, and my life would be totally different. I’ve made bad decision too that I now regret looking back, but at the time I didn’t realize that the decisions I was making would affect me years later. This is why you always hear people say “If I only knew then what I know now, my life would be different!” There are even a bunch of songs written about it.

We have to be careful to not allow fear, ignorance, a lack of motivation or a lack of focus hinder us from deciding to take advantage of the opportunities we get in life. We have to make sure we’re not being dismissive towards people for superficial reasons because you never know what someone may have to offer. Part of living life to the fullest is making decisions that lead to a full life. We have to examine our decision-making skills to ensure that we aren’t making life choices that lead us down a path that leaves unhappy and unsatisfied at the end of it. We want to make sure that our choices lead us to living the best life possible.