Sometime ago, I came across a powerful quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower that got me thinking about the power of our choices. He said, and I quote “The history of free men is never written by chance, but by choice - their choice”. Powerful. In my humble opinion, I think it’s not only the history of free men that is written by their choices. It is the history of everyone. You are where you are today as a result of the choices you made, or did not make yesterday. The choices we make today will colour the spectrum of our life in the future
“The history of free men is never written by chance, but by choice - their choice”
The direction of our lives is determined by the choices we make every day. They accumulate and add up to our ultimate destiny. Success in life is not a gift. It doesn’t just fall on people like ripe pawpaw! It is a choice that you have to make. You are a direct product of your choices. You are going to live tomorrow with the consequences of today’s choices. It is futile to squander today and hope for a generous tomorrow. Everything that happens in your life - both what you are thrilled with and what you are challenged by - began with a choice.
In order to create for a life of abundance and prosperity in all areas of your life, here are some choices worth considering
1. Choose to become balanced spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Our lives are best when we have these three major areas in balance. Never leave God out of the equation of your life. In fact, He needs to take first place in everything. That is the starting point. Spend some time cultivating your spirituality. Spend time to develop your emotional health. Spent time to be physically fit.
2. Choose to grow personally.
This sounds simple but many people only wish to grow personally. They never choose to grow by taking action, such as actually learning new things, taking exercises, saving more money etc. Make a decision today to be a person who is on the never ending journey of personal growth.
3. Choose to always treat others right.
We come across all sorts of people, many of whom will treat us poorly. We can choose to treat them right, no matter how they treat us. When they lie, we will tell the truth. When they cheat, we will play by the rules. We may get the short end of the stick some times, but on the long-run we will win. And most importantly, we will be able to sleep at night!
4. Choose to break a bad habit.
Take the big ones first. Tackle it head on. If you don't know what it is, ask a friend. Then spend every effort you can to break that habit. Forget about the others, as you will get to them later. Stop smoking, get out of debt, lose your excess weight. Exercise the power to choose!
5. Choose to work smarter.
Many people I work with feel like they are out of balance. One of the first things I do is try to find out how much time they are wasting at work, which makes them work longer, which throws the rest of their life into chaos. Getting your work done by diligently working with the time you have will free your life up extraordinarily.
6. Choose to see your work as a way to help others, and not a way to make money.
If you put your heart into helping others, the money will most assuredly come. Spend time helping others grow, solving their problems or adding value to them and your finances will grow with it. This is a profound truth.
You can indeed change your life forever. DO it now.