If you wander back in time through my posts on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll find evidence I fell in love with the movie “La La Land.”
I’m often skeptical when a film gets obscene amounts of accolades, but this one deserves every single ounce of the kudos heaped upon it.
It’s a story of chasing dreams, the sting of reality, love found, hopes dashed, and fresh starts.
It’s also a story of “what ifs.” It’s a story of looking back and wondering how life and career would be different if we had done just one thing differently.
We can all relate to that, can’t we? Personally and professionally we wonder what our lives would be like if we had made other choices.
What if I had said that more tactfully?
What if I hadn’t lost my temper?
What if I had gone to that networking event?
What if I had quoted a different rate for that project?
What if I had said “no”?
What if I had said “yes”?
What if I had taken my time?
What if I had been more careful?
What if I hadn’t jumped to conclusions?
What if I had told the truth?
What if I hadn’t been so stubborn?
What if I had spoken my mind?
What if I had tried to be more understanding?
What if I had tried harder?
What if I had been more caring?
What if I hadn’t given up?
Every decision we make, every action we take—no matter how seemingly insignificant—affects how the future will progress. Turning down a coffee meeting, posting a contradictory comment on someone’s social media post, deleting an email before reading it…you never know when something you decide to do—or not do—will make or break opportunities and shape how your relationships develop.
What if we all put a little more thought into the little decisions we make every day?
Your turn: What “what ifs” make you wonder how things might be different today if you had made some other choices yesterday?