The following quote was sent to me a few years ago. I don’t know who the original author is, but it really gets you thinking and challenges you to always keep in mind the consequences of your possible actions:
Think before you ‘Do’.
Don’t just automatically react to life or live by blind habit.
Think about what you’re about to do, and think about the consequences. Remember that when you choose the action, you’re also choosing all the things that result from that action.
When you choose to eat half a dozen doughnuts, you’re choosing to put fat on your body. When you choose to be sloppy with your work, you’re choosing to sabotage your own career.
When you choose to rise early and start getting things done, you’re choosing to create real and lasting value in your own life and in the world around you. When you choose to stay focused on an important task, you’re choosing to enjoy the rewards that come from real accomplishment.
Live your life based on your own best intentions.
Each action you take has very real consequences, and you are in a position to select the exact consequences that you wish to bring about.
It only takes a brief moment to think before you act. Do it every time.