The Domino Effect

I am noticing more and more these days how life resembles the image of toppling dominoes – or the domino effect.
The definition for the domino effect is:

A cumulative effect produced when one event initiates a succession of similar events, or a chain reaction. The term is used as an analogy to a falling row of dominoes. When the first tile in the row is toppled, it topples the second, which topples the third, etc., resulting in all of the tiles falling. The domino effect term implies that it is inevitable or highly likely that all dominoes will fall, as well as it is impossible or highly unlikely that one domino would be left standing.

One action, one event, one decision sets in motion a continuation of things that may or may not have the outcome you desire. Especially when the first event was not initiated by us. However, it happened and set in motion a series of events that continue to fall out or fall into place. Take a few moments and think of your life experiences and adventures. We can look at a decision regarding our career, our health, our relationships, our finances, our choice of where to live, our hobbies, and then identify all the things that happened after that first decision.

This domino effect is clearly shown with one of the most recent major events – Covid 19. The impact it has had on every aspect of our lives is almost incomprehensible.  Everyday I read or hear about retail store, restaurant, small business closures, the staggering unemployment numbers, supply chain disruptions, financial concerns, the increased need for food banks and shelters, schools converting face to face learning to hosting classes online, sports being played without fans, no indoor theaters or concert venues or with limited socially distanced reservations required, travel and vacation plans on hold – all due to the severity and continued spread of the virus. 

We are having to rethink how, why, when, where, with whom, we do things. We will not go back to what was. There is no switch to flip. This is not a nightmare from which we will wake up and it will disappear. We need to adapt and be flexible in creating a new reality – as we go through this and once all the dominoes fall. We cannot change what has already happened. Yes, we are frustrated, upset, annoyed, tired of it all. However we cannot change it. So let’s focus on how we get to the other side and thrive. 

Getting extraordinary results is all about creating a domino effect in your life that you want. However with toppling dominoes, it is pretty straightforward. You line them up and tip over the first one. In life though, it’s a bit more complicated. The challenge is that life doesn’t line everything up for us and say, “Here’s where you should start.” Highly successful people know this. So every day they line up their priorities anew, find the lead domino, and whack away at it until it falls.

So let’s line up our new priorities and create the best, most positive, most productive, most nourishing and worthwhile domino effect for our new reality, applying it to every area of our life: Our health, wealth, happiness, peace of mind, our work, our purpose, our desires. 

With Love and Light and Gratitude,

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