A simple idea that might just change your life!

Filed in Blog by on January 17, 2014 13 Comments

Image of someone holding two balls one green one red

I would like to share with you the simplest and most powerful idea that will change your life if you choose to adopt it.  You don’t need to be highly educated to understand it, you don’t need lots of money to apply it and it doesn’t matter what changes you want to make it will help in all situations.  It’s not a new idea, I am just presenting it to you in a way that you will instinctively understand and will therefore hopefully adopt.

So how does this idea work?  Firstly, you need to accept a couple of principles.  The first is that all of us, regardless of who we are from Bill Gates to Queen Elizabeth II to you, have two limited resources – time and energy.  We all only have 24 hours in the day and we all have to stop and sleep to recharge our cells.  Therefore we all need to make choices about how we use those precious resources which leads to our second principle.  We are all where we are now in our lives because of the decisions, actions, thoughts and choices we made in the past.

So assuming you accept these principles I want you to think about what you really, really want your life to be like?  This is your one and only life so what’s the dream?  Now think about your life as it is at the moment and ask yourself if you carry on living your life as you are now where will you be in five years time?  At this point some of you may be happy and some of you may be depressed but the wonderful thing is that in this moment, right now, you have a choice of how to spend your time and energy.

You can either choose a “green ball” which takes you closer to what you want or you can choose a “red ball” which takes you further from what you want.  It really is that simple.  It doesn’t matter how many red balls you have in your life right now you can in this moment choose a green ball and one in the moment after that and one in the moment after that and pretty soon the green balls will be crowding out the red and you will be living a different life – the one you said you wanted.

Adopting this approach puts you back in the driving seat of your life because the reality is regardless of the choices you do or don’t make the sun is going to rise and it’s going to set and one day it will be setting for the last time for you.  So why not make the most of your life now whilst you are here living on this wonderful planet.  You may not be able to control what other people do to you or some of the curve balls that life throws at you.  But you can decide what you want and you can keep choosing green balls to make it happen.

So how does this work in practice?  Imagine your vision is to be fit and healthy and you are at the train station waiting for a train.  You feel hungry and go to get something to eat.  You are faced with crisps, chocolate, burgers, danishes and baguettes – which do you choose?  Which is the green ball choice? For one client faced with this choice she decided none of the options were green ball and instead she waited until she got home to eat.  It could be that you are running your own business and that your vision is to be the number one provider in your local area.  You feel as though you have too much to do and too little time to do it, however, only some of those activities are green balls.  If you really do want to be the number one provider in your local area then in each moment you need to start choosing the green balls.

And if from time to time you make a bad choice and choose a red ball it doesn’t matter because in the very next moment you have the opportunity to choose a green one.  The trick is to recognize that you made a red ball choice and switch to green and keep choosing green.

Hopefully by now you have realized that in order for this idea to work you need to be absolutely crystal clear about what you want.  So may be the green ball choice right now is to take some time out, go somewhere quiet and just think about what it is you really want from your life and then you can start making it happen.

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  1. So hands up all those people who chose the red ball? I thought not.

  2. Hi, I tried your idea and what a fabulous simple to use idea!!! Thank you very much. It’s so simple to think every day is this a red ball or a green ball? Thanks Tina for sharing.

  3. Not sure whether to choose the green ball or the red ball – a real dilemma!

  4. Caroline Joy says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this, cannot tell you how much this simple practical idea has helped me. Brilliant! Thank you sooooo much.

  5. In a complicated world it is so refreshing to find simple but highly effective tools to help our businesses. This is a classic tool which I will be using forwith!

  6. That iss a good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Short but vedry accurate information… Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

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