Black smoke billowed out from the hood of my car.
It was stuck half way into a busy intersection, people were yelling at me to move (lol OK), and I'm thinking...
"I guess I'm getting a new car."
Normally, your car dying unexpectedly is a huge pain in the ass.
And it was.
But, my car happened to be a teal colored Pontiac Sunfire. While I was grateful for the transportation it provided, I was excited to step up my car game.
As it turns out, 22 year old personal trainers don't have the biggest budgets, and finding a car I liked (that I could also afford) was a challenge.
I went from town to town, dealer to dealer, trying my hardest to get excited about my options.
But nothing caught my eye.
Until I came across a 2-door Hyundai Tiburon with low pro tires, dark blue paint, and tinted windows.
It was a sporty little thing, in my price range, and I could already imagine the speakers and subs I would put in the trunk.
(Hey...It was the early 2000's. It's what we did).
It was the first and only car I wanted. Everything in me said "Get. This. Car."
But there was just one problem. Not a big problem... certainly nothing that can't be over come.
But it was enough to make me second guess my decision.
It was a stick, and I didn't know how to drive stick.
I knew I would buy that car. But the fear of learning to drive stick, and probably looking stupid while doing it, meant I would agonize over the decision for hours before finally pulling the trigger.
Well, I bought the car, learned how to drive it, and loaded it up with speakers and subs. I spent years driving that car, playing rap music entirely too loud, and I had a blast doing it.
Indecision creates so much unnecessary angst in our lives.
"Should I workout today? Can I? I'm not sure, guess we'll find out."
"I need to start meditating....but do I have time? Maybe? Time will tell."
We spend so much time and energy agonizing over whether we will or won't, there's no time and energy left to do the thing we're agonizing about.
But when we get binary, make it a yes or a no, we save time, emotional energy, and take a huge load off our shoulders.
And it doesn't always have to be a 'yes' to be a good decision.
If you want to workout today, and you know you can, make it a 'yes' and move on without any mental gymnastics.
But if your day is packed with things that are a higher priority than working out, then not working out is the right decision.
Make it a 'no', don't agonize over it, and move on.
Now you're not only removing a pile of stress and anxiety from your life, you can confidently say you're spending your time doing the things that are most important.
And nothing helps you sleep like a baby more than knowing you're spending your precious minutes doing what matters most.
By the way, the first time I took my new car out for a spin, I blocked an intersection for an entire green light because I kept stalling the engine over and over.
Cars were honking, I was sweating, and my dad was laughing his ass off. Good Times.