Thursday 17th Jan 2019
All choices you make have a consequence. Even choosing to do nothing has an impact. The reality is that the quality of your life is in direct proportion to the quality of the choices you make every day. And it’s not just the big life decisions that truly shape your destiny. It’s the small incremental choices that really make the difference. The compound effect of those small choices every day will have an exponential impact on the quality of your life.
It’s because they make their choices with conscious, deliberate intent.
They are not sleep walking through life.
Or live on autopilot, just going through the daily, mundane routine.
They know that how they show up at their choice points is critical to their success.
To illustrate the power of your choices, I want to share with you a story…
“Jerry is the manager of a restaurant. He is always in a good mood. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would always reply “If I were any better, I would be twins!”
Many of the waiters at his restaurant quit their jobs when he changed jobs, so they could follow him around from restaurant to restaurant.
Because Jerry was a natural motivator.If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was always there, telling them how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made his manager curious, so one day he went up to Jerry and asked him:
“I don’t get it! No one can be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?”
“Each morning I wake up and say to myself, I have two choices today. I can choose to be in a good mood or I can choose to be in a bad mood.
I always choose to be in a good mood.
Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it.
I always choose to learn from it.
Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life.
I always choose the positive side of life.”
“But it’s not always that easy”, his manager protested.
“Yes it is”, Jerry said.
“Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk every situation is a choice.
…how you react to situations.
…how people will affect your mood.
…the course of action you want to take.
…the difference you want to make.
One day Jerry accidentally left the back door of the restaurant open, and after closing three armed men entered the restaurant. Jerry was forced to open the safe and in the commotion the robbers panicked and shot him.
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from hospital with fragments of the bullet still in his body.
About 6 months after the accident, Jerry’s restaurant manager went to visit him. When he asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins. Want to see my scars?” The manager laughed, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place.
“The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door” Jerry replied.
“Then, after they shot me, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to live”
“Weren’t you scared?” the manager asked.
Jerry continued, “The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the Emergency room and I saw the expression on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read ‘He’s a dead man!’ I knew I needed to take action.”
“What did you do?”
“Well, there was a nurse shouting questions at me – she asked if I was allergic to anything, the doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Bullets!!’
Over their laughter I told them, ‘I am choosing to live. Please operate on me as if I am alive, not dead”
The only thing that is truly yours – that no one can control or take from you – is your attitude and the choices you make.
Success is not an accident. Nor is it the result of just one monumental decision. Success is the result of a continuous series of choices made every day.
You make your choices and then your choices make you.