Defaulting to Action

Stephen Covey once said “We are what we repeatedly do.”

The decisions we make slowly pile up into a person-shaped mass of past choices, each one influencing the way our next choice will be made.

However, some studies have found that as many as 95% of the decisions we make are unconscious.  That means that most choices are made before they enter our conscious thought.  Just like a computer fresh from the factory, they’re handled by our deeply programmed default settings.

Default isn’t the same as optimal.  Just because your new computer came out of the box with certain settings doesn’t mean they’re the best settings for your aims and goals.  Most defaults are the path of least resistance.  They’re set to create ease and to avoid friction.

For most people, ease and frictionlessness often lies in inaction.

Making excuses rather than prioritizing.  Hiding rather than being vulnerable.  Choosing comfort over fulfillment.  Bringing people down out of envy or resentment rather than lifting them up with support and happiness.

Most of our oldest defaults exist to make things easier, better.  But our defaults can be changed.  We can work to recognize and correct our default decisions as we make them.  But before any of that, we must reset the most important default of all.

In any situation, we must default to action rather than inaction.

It’s easy to sit back and let things happen.  But don’t be fooled.  No goals have been met through lethargy.  No wonderful lives have been created through apathy.

Objects at rest tend to stay at rest.  If you’re not defaulting to action, than you won’t be ready to act when your times comes.