The Residual Effect
Where you are now is not a result of the present, but the past. All the benefits you are experiencing, all the troubles you are facing, are the side effects of decisions you made weeks, months, or years ago.
Residual is an adjective used to describe what is “remaining after the greater part or quantity has gone.” This not only applies to the edges of a pop tart, but also to the decisions we make.
Every choice we make leaves residue. Every. Single. One.
There are no exceptions.
A sound understanding of this is clearly a significant aspect of leadership. We all realize that our choices impact far more than just ourselves, or even our teams.
Likewise, our past choices impact our future choices. The residual effect of our choices has a major influence on the choice we may have down the road.
Why Should We Care?
I’m confident most people acknowledge this residual effect in their lives. Some more than others, obviously, but it’s pretty hard to dispute in its entirety. More often, I’ve found people are simply not fully aware of the far-reaching influence it can have.
Here are a few examples that come to mind:
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I also thought I would include a few things that we too often dismiss as insignificant, but leave a major residue and greatly impact our future self.
What we choose today impacts tomorrow. We would all be better served if we were mindful of that reality in our day to day living. Nothing, and no one, in life operates in isolation. The residue of today’s decisions will determine the choices of tomorrow.
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