Sliding Doors – When Life’s Insignificant Choices Lead to Significant Outcomes

by | Feb 29, 2016 | Food for Thought | 0 comments

Have you ever thought about the choices you made as you go about your daily routine?


Especially the seemingly insignificant ones?


A minor seemingly insignificant decision in your life may create a major significant impact in your life. Think about that.


Small choices and decisions that may seem insignificant today may – over days, weeks, months and years – be life transforming and alter the course of your life.


The Sliding Doors Phenomenon

I like to bring to your attention what is known as the Sliding Doors Phenomenon, which theorized that life is based on a series of choices and chance occurrences.


Sliding Doors was a 1998 British-American comedy drama in which illustrates the lead character’s two life trajectory. In the first, Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) managed to catch a train home on time and found her boyfriend cheating on her.


In the second, she missed the train and by the time she got home, her boyfriend’s lover had already left. She did not have any clues about his infidelity.


The sliding doors of the train served as a metaphor for lost opportunities and new possibilities. Tiny seemingly insignificant events created two very different alternative lives that Helen would lead.


Small Decisions May Have a Big Impact

Think of the tiny decisions and chance encounters in your daily life. Many decisions that you brushed off as insignificant had sent you to a different orbit without you ever knowing it.


I have inadvertently declined invitations that I later realized was a missed business opportunity. On the flip side, I have also attended social functions that sparked new business relationships. Every decision is a sliding door moment.


So, the sliding doors phenomenon happens all the time, and most of the time we are oblivious to it. Like the old adage, “one door closes, another door opens”, the sliding doors phenomenon forgoes one outcome in favor of another all because of a seemingly inconsequential decision.



Be Aware of the Decisions You Make Today

Since the sliding doors phenomenon creates significant outcomes, it is prudent to be aware of the decisions you make daily. Decisions help shift your current reality.


So, if you are not happy with where you are right now, make the decisions that will change your life trajectory for the better. But before you do that, it is important to know where you are right now and know where you intend to go.


That way, you will be sure that those sliding doors are doorways to your happiness.

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