Life Lesson #40: Life is about choices.
This is a big one my friends. Life is about choices.
Your life right now – the extraordinary, the good, the bad and the ugly – are a result of your past choices. It is that simple.
Let go of the idea that it is someone else’s “fault” that you are where you are in your life – personally and professionally. Did others influence you on your journey? – Yes, and they are not the one(s) that have made daily choices since those situations/events to create the life you now are living. You made those choices.
The reality is that with any choice there are consequences – good and bad. And for most of the choices you will make in your life – you can change your choice and do something different. Just because you’ve done things a certain way for awhile doesn’t mean you have to continue down that path. Make a different choice and move on.
Now there are some limitations in some countries around the world – yet overall many of the readers of this have the freedom of the majority of choices you make.
Some people believe they can’t make a new choice – I am here to tell you that you can. I have in many instances and have learned from the pain of change, yet also have reaped the benefits of making those new choices.
Leaving your life to chance versus making the choice(s) will only lead you to feeling unfulfilled, frustrated and stressed out. One of my favorite quotes in my development comes from Jack Welch who said, “Control your destiny or someone else will.”
Decide to take responsibility for every CHOICE in your life.
Where you work now and into the future – YOUR CHOICE.
Who you hang out with – YOUR CHOICE.
What you went to/going to school for – YOUR CHOICE.
Who you enter into a long-term relationship with – YOUR CHOICE.
How you show up in that relationship – YOUR CHOICE.
The attitude you approach every day with – YOUR CHOICE.
How you interact and treat other people – YOUR CHOICE.
The effort you put into making yourself better and more valuable to the marketplace – YOUR CHOICE.
Controlling your budget/money or not being responsible with your money – YOUR CHOICE.
Whether or not you have children – YOUR CHOICE.
How you raise those children – YOUR CHOICE.
Where you live and plant your roots – YOUR CHOICE.
Etc., Etc., Etc.
The more I have embraced that I am always at CHOICE, the more my life has moved forward because I don’t waste a lot of time and energy on things I don’t control. What I do control/have influence over – I make sure that with the information I have at the time, I make the best choice I can. Then learn from it and move on.
I hope that you make the choice to share all of your gifts, talents, heart, and energy with this world. By you not making that choice – we all lose.