The Cascade of Poor Decisions

The Cascade of Poor Decisions


Today I had cheesecake for morning tea! As I sat there eating the cheesecake, with my cup of tea, I realised that I had made a series of poor choices that had lead me to that point.

The cheesecake lead me to asking myself, why I had chosen to eat that, when it is pretty unusual for me. This is what I came up with when I tracked back my decisions over the past 18 hours previous.

Timeline of poor decisions

  • 7.00pm – Cooked & ate a healthy dinner, so far so good.
  • 9.00pm – Had a friend visiting and staying over. Started to get really tired, thought about going to bed. Decided to stay up and chat with the friend. Hmm.
  • 10.30pm – Ate a few nuts, still tired, so decided to eat a few squares of chocolate.
  • 12.00pm – Finally got to bed, about 3 hours too late. Couldn’t sleep well, because I had just eaten sugar. Slept poorly.
  • 7.30am – Woke up. Still tired. Got up and had a healthy breakfast.
  • 9.30am – Skipped the morning yoga class I had planned to do some work. Feeling a bit bleh.
  • 11.15am – Planned to run some errands and go to gym after my chiropractic appointment.
  • 11.30am – Chiro tells me my fatigue reflex points are active. Yep.
  • 12.00pm – Back in car, overwhelmingly tired, decide to do errand tomorrow, skip gym now and go home for a nap instead.
  • 12.15pm – Make a cup of tea. Find small piece of leftover homemade cheesecake in fridge, from another friends visit last week. (There is also a beautiful vegetable fritatta in the fridge and loads of salad ingredients.) Decide to have the cheesecake and a nap.
  • 12.30pm – Lie down.  Can’t sleep because I’m thinking too much about writing this blog post after the sugar injection into my system. Nap a little.
  • 1.30pm – Get up because I’m hungry for real food, and really thirsty.
  • 1.40pm – Drink a large glass of water. Make myself a healthy salmon salad, eat that. Finally I’m back. Plan to go to yoga after work and get an early night.


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The Cascade

Not really the end of the world in all honesty. I could say to myself I’m pregnant and that I had a craving, or that it’s ok to be tired and change my mind about my gym visits at 38 weeks. However that’s not the truth, as I realised when I was eating the cheesecake and a thought from a recent birthing lecture entered my mind… The cascade of intervention… The cascade of intervention during birth means that if you have one medical intervention, you are much more likely to need other interventions as the birth progresses.

I realised I had made a cascade of poor decisions, starting with the one to stay up and chat, when I was clearly tired and needed to go to bed. If I had gone to bed, I probably would have made better decisions all along that timeline.

Taking ownership of your poor choices.

If I had accepted the excuses I could have made to myself, I would not have tracked back that series of poor decisions. I have an old childhood habit of staying up late even when I’m tired, now I’m pretty sure I’ll think twice about it, when that decision comes up again, as I better understand the flow on consequences of that decision…

When you take ownership of you poor choices and decisions, it reminds you that they were your decisions. Your power. Your choice to change next time. I challenge you to take ownership of your poor choices and track them back to your catalyst decisions.

  • Where in your life do you make poor decisions?
  • What other decisions are those poor decisions linked to?
  • Can you track back to find the catalyst decision that causes you to make poor food choices?
  • Can you find the catalyst decisions that cause you to skip your exercise sessions?
  • What might happen if you made the opposite choice at that catalyst point?
  • Do you like that?
  • As you imagine yourself in the future making better and better choices, becoming more and more self-aware every day, do you like that?

Join the conversation…

What have been some of your cascades of poor decisions?

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