“What is the single force that shapes the quality of our lives? What power do we have that can change everything? As you and I both know, the answer is the power of choice.”
– Tony Robbins
Take a contemplative look at your life. Are you exactly where you want to be? Even if you are 100% satisfied with life, perhaps you are looking for that little edge to help you improve. Despite your great success, maybe you feel as if there is more out there for you, and for some reason or another, you just haven’t taken hold of it yet. A typical first response is to blame the state of affairs in one’s life; the stress of a job, family, the economy, or some other reason.
It’s important to note that your position in life is a culmination of outcomes from all of the decisions you have made throughout life. Whether you decided to focus on one area of your life as opposed to another or whether you chose one route instead of another has led you to where you are today. A quick example would be if you had suddenly become tired of the monotonous daily rigmarole of your 9-5 job, and decided to start a website that offered a service in hopes of financial freedom. After several months of working on your new found business, your site is still receiving minimal traffic, and the commitment becomes too much of a burden. That is when the thought that beginning this business was a poor choice slowly creeps into your mind and your attentiveness to your site wanes or perhaps you quit all together. Are you going to give up on your dream of financial freedom or will you continue to push forth and potentially reap the benefits?
The good news is that there is no use in sulking over having made the wrong decisions in life. Whatever has happened in the past is in the past, but the experience gained from such decisions can be invaluable. Failure is one of the best learning tools possible. If you fail, wonder what decisions led to that failure. How can you avoid or improve upon the situation? Only through our shortcomings do we ever take a step back and self evaluate the situation. Use the experience gained to make the right decisions from there on out.
The Road to Prosperity
There’s no debating that times are tough. Day after day, we read the paper or turn on the news to be bombarded with negative information that may be well out of our control. Take for instance the financial crisis the United States has endured over the last several years. Obviously, this has affected millions of businesses and jumped the national unemployment rate to over 10%, not to mention the worldwide ramifications. We could allow this negative situation to defeat us or we can make different decisions to help transform our lives in a positive way.
Think about everything positive that you’ve ever accomplished in life. Everything began with a simple decision and the actions you took as a result of those decisions. What if you had decided to never make those decisions in the first place? Your life would most likely be shaped significantly different. Different decisions produce different outcomes.
In order to control the route in which your life takes, you must make correct decisions on a consistent basis. Making the right choices every now and then is not the way to positively impact your life. These correct decisions must be made daily. For these decisions to substantially change your life it’s vital to decide what results you’re dedicated to and to know specifically how these results will alter your life. It’s as equally imperative to decide what type of person you’re dedicated to becoming. Clearly visualize what you’d like to do, have and be. Also, try to gain a mental image of exactly what your life will be like after you accomplish this. With that much exactness, you’ll find it will become much easier to make the proper decisions that will propel you in the direction that you have desired. Revert back to that mental image that you’ve conceived. Prior to making a decision, contemplate what the results of that decision will be. If the foreseen result does not coincide with your mental image, then perhaps it is not the right decision make.
It’s up to you to decide what you want out of life. Are you going to accept your life and remain stagnant or will you do what it takes to advance? Dare to dream and attempt the “impossible”. Learn from your past failures and make the right decisions to improve your life today.