The other day, I was playing a card game on my ipod. At the end of the game, I recognized a choice I made in the finishing sequence that didn’t allow me to complete the game. When the game ended, I re-started the same game to see if I could finish, knowing full well the misstep I took and that I could now make the correct card choice.
But, as I progressed through the second iteration of the same game, the card layout didn’t even look the same. Somewhere early in the game I made a simple choice- one that I did not recognize- and that completely changed how the second playing of the same game played out.
It made me think about all the little choices we make every day and the greater impact each could have further down the road. I played one card differently and couldn’t re-create the same game I had just completed.
What cards do we play, or not play, that make big differences in or futures? I asked Dan Schawbel a personal branding question several months ago. I had no intent other than to get his perspective on my issue based on his experience. Had I not asked that question though, I wouldn’t be writing for this blog.
Can you think back about the choices you made that have had an impact on your future? Was there a moment you can now identify that is resonating for you and your future? Certainly you can’t go back and replay your life, but based upon where you are right now what choices can you make- what choices do you need to make- in the new year to define the future you want to pursue?
What do you think? Make it a good day.
Mike Severy is the Director of Student Life at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He views his work through the lens of student leadership development believing that students are developed over time through a series of meaningful experiences and that his role is to help students create and find the meaningful experiences in their lives. You can connect with Mike on Twitter (@MikeSevery).