“As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is up to us.” ~Arnold J. Toynbee
You have the right to choose. This is your greatest gift.
You can choose your dreams: to be what you want, go where you want, do what you want, have what you want, and react or respond to circumstances in the way you want to do so.
Every day, you make choices, from the moment you wake up to the time you fall asleep.
There are the obvious choices: what to eat, wear and do that day. There are also the not-so-obvious choices: your thoughts, your attitudes, and your behaviours. These options are also under your full control.
It all begins with the choices in your thoughts.
Your entire thought process is under your full control. You can choose to think of things in a positive light or in a negative light. You can look at a glass of water as half-empty or half-full. You can choose to strive for accomplishment, or you can worry and expect fear and failure.
You can accept that a problem controls you, or you can choose to see yourself as being in control and look for the opportunity hidden behind the circumstances. It is up to you!
You can choose to accept or reject criticism and negativity. You have control over your thoughts. Your thoughts control our destiny. Your choice to control, or to not control, your thoughts will make the difference in your attitudes and behaviours.
Your thoughts are influenced by many factors. You were conditioned by your parents, schools, family and friends. Your environment conditions you, but you can distinguish and choose between good and bad, and between truth and fiction, if you take the time. You are a product of your environment, and you must be aware of what that has done to your thought process. You have to make choices about your thoughts in order to take control of them.
You are what you think. Your life is a reflection of how you think. Your character is the sum of all of your thoughts. Therefore, choose your thoughts wisely!
You have many choices to make in life.
I encourage you to be aware of the choices at the stage of your thought process, where it all begins. A desire is a thought. It is followed by choices – choices that will lead you to decisions. Indecision leads to doubt; combined, they produce fear that paralyzes us. Consider your choices, and make a decision to commit to them. Then it is up to you to make a choice work.
It is your life and how you live it is up to you. Your desires and aspirations, or your limitations and fears, are all your choice. If you are not sure of your choices, ask!