It’s a Matter of Choice
Choice! The key is choice. You have options. You need not spend your life wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame, and self-pity. But hold on! If this is true, then why have so many among us apparently elected to live in that manner?
The answer is obvious. Those who live in unhappy failure have never exercised their options for a better way of life because they have never been aware that they had any choices.
The above words are from The Choice, a book written by Og Mandino. Read it again my friend because it is a cornerstone for success and happiness in business and in life. Your inability to use your power of choice can affect your entire life. Life is about choices. Every situation is a choice. You choose how to react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or a bad mood.
The bottom line: The choices you make determine how you live your life. Once you can say to yourself that you have a choice on how to deal with a problem or even a crisis, you are sending a message to that brain of yours, stating that you are in control of the situation, rather than the situation controlling you. Now that’s power!
You can choose to believe that you are helpless and at the mercy of life’s unpleasant twists of fate and misfortunes. You can choose to believe some people are lucky and some are destined to a life of misery and despair. If this is what you believe, then that will be your reality.
On the other hand, you could choose to believe you have a choice in your affairs, that you may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can always choose how you think about what happens, you can always choose the state of mind you need to be in regardless of what is happening around you or to you.
Your life isn’t predestined for greatness. Nor is it predestined for failure. It’s up to you to create a belief system that allows you to see your life from an advantage rather than disadvantage. Only you can choose to shift your thoughts and words to turn challenges into opportunities. Believe me when I say that talent and ability are not the only factors that determine a successful and happy life.
For your sake, especially during tough times, get into the habit of choosing positive thoughts and speaking empowering words. Focus on hope, gratitude, and seeing the good during adverse times, and you will discover a brighter day, regardless of what is happening to you. The choice is yours my friend, it always has been. It always will be. It’s always just a matter of choice.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and insights. I welcome all comments.
Steve Rizzo is the Attitude Adjuster. You can’t attend one of his keynote speeches, seminars, or read his books and leave with the same attitude. He’s a personal development expert, motivational business speaker, corporate-comedian and best-selling author. It’s no surprise that Steve is also a Hall Of Fame Speaker Inductee. An honor bestowed upon on fewer than 200 speakers worldwide since 1977.