Each day after I take my niece and nephew to school I turn left out the school parking lot. I turn left, in the opposite direction of my office,
travel a mile or so out of my way and pull into the local donut shop. It is run by a nice couple whose name I don’t know, but I know about
their family, their travels, their ancestors and the current state of the donut business. I get a small coffee and a donut then head on
This is a nice break in the morning and I used to do it occasionally. Now it’s a habit. In fact, it’s hard for me NOT to turn left
and go to the donut shop…..even when I don’t even feel like having a donut. Here’s the problem. Caffeine does not agree with me.
It makes me irritable, impatient and generally tense. Sugar does not agree with me. It makes me irritable, impatient and generally tense.
And it makes me want more of it.
So why do I go to the donut store? I’ve convinced myself that this is a reward for getting the children off to school successfully.
Why do I reward myself with something that makes me feel bad? It’s become a habit and engrained thought pattern.
This year I’m changing directions. When I pull out of the school parking lot, I now turn right. I WANT to turn left….but I turn right and
head towards my office or the gym. I do miss the owners of the donut shop and will occasionally stop in because I believe in
supporting local business. But for my health and well being, I need to turn right.
Small changes in direction can have a big impact.
Is there a habit in your life or career where you need to “turn right” in 2016?