How many choices do you make in one day?
Studies show we make thousands of choices every day. Some are insignificant, such as how to wear our hair that day, which hat to put on, which pen to write with, which door to walk through, or which cookie to grab from the cookie pile.
Some can have life-altering significance…choosing whether or not to drive after drinking, to have unprotected or protected sex, or to seek help for depression, abuse, or similar challenges.
And others fall in between—more important than the first type and not as extreme as the second. Every choice leads to another choice.
Some choices we don’t even realize we are making, and even when we choose not to choose, we are still making a choice.
Knowing all of that, it’s hard to believe we have time to do anything but make choices.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.”
– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
We are the sum of our choices. Every choice you’ve made so far has brought you to where and who you are today. Are you happy with who and where you are? Are you dissatisfied?
The good news is, if you want to be somewhere or someone else, you can be. Making different choices today and change those things for you tomorrow. Choices have an immediate impact. Even if the results don’t show themselves right away, you thinking differently is a big enough, and impactful enough, change to make it worthy of your efforts and decision.
“You cannot change your destination overnight,
but you can change your direction overnight.”
– Jim Rohn
To give you ideas on how to make good choices, I asked 7 powerhouse people to share their insights. These are people who have succeeded at a tremendous level in their given industries. Most importantly, they are happy people with great relationships and healthy minds and bodies.
I’ll kick it off with my own suggestion for choice making.
Make the choice that aligns best with your ultimate goal. If it steers you away from your desired destination or doesn’t steer you toward it, then it’s not the best choice. Your best option is the one that gets you closer to where you want to be while not hindering others. If you can help yourself and others with the same choice, it’s downright ideal.
– Amiee Mueller, Vast Action Inc. Co-Founder
“The best choices align with love or serving a higher purpose. Any choice made out of fear or avoidance is generally a bad choice.”
– Betsy Crouch, Improv HQ Co-Founder
“Recognize the goal or outcome you’re after and consistently make choices to support the achievement of it.”
– Jeremy Reisig, brotha James
“Do the right thing, not the easy thing. Do what adds the most value to your life.”
– Hal Elrod, Best Selling Author of the Miracle Morning
“Make decisions as if your life is not your own—that you are a steward of it. Treat it as something that has been entrusted to you with respect.”
– Loyd Reagan, Vector Marketing Region Manager
“It’s all about having good quality information about your options. Truly listen to ideas, options, and input. Take time to get perspective and not let emotions or circumstances dictate your actions. Learn from previous poor choices. Fail forward.”
– Aaron Ball, Ballpoint Communications Group CEO & Founder
“Have a framework and process for making decisions that ensures two things: you are aligned with your personal goals and you have thought holistically about the outcomes, purpose behind it and the trade offs.”
– Jon Berghoff, Flourishing Leadership Institute Co-Founder
With those insights on choice making, how can you go wrong. Now go out there and
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