Are you making choices to create the life you want?

In the course of one day, we make hundreds of choices-some little, some seemingly inconsequential, some routine, some major. Have you ever stopped to take the time to think about those choices and if they are leading you to the life you want? If not, maybe it’s time to rethink some of those choices.

It’s no secret that I have been known to be a little resistant to change in the past and I’m certainly not in the minority. Often people resist change so much that they refuse to make choices that will create any change or rock their boat. However, by not changing, you are indeed making a choice. Inaction is just as much a choice as taking action, it just typically leads to no change. That’s why it’s important to utilize all 3 C’s of life: choice, chance, change.

choice chance changeIn some cases people are hesitant to change because they feel powerless in situations. The reality is, taking action and making choices is the most powerful thing you can do to lead you towards the life you want. If you think about it, the power to make a choice is pretty amazing. You choose to get out of bed or not, you choose to stop at an intersection, you choose to go to work, be responsible-whatever it may be, you are actually making a choice.

When is the last time you made a choice that prompted a chance to make a change in your life?

I understand that taking a chance can be scary, uncomfortable and it’s easy to fear the unknown, but how can we grow if we aren’t taking chances? How will we ever know what we are capable of and realize our full potential if we aren’t pushing outside our comfort zone? The answer is, we will never know and somewhere in our core, we will always wonder what could have been. There is no shame in failing as long as that failure is a result of taking a chance on a dream and we learn from the experience. But if you never take a chance the answer will always be no.  It’s almost like quitting before you even started and I believe quitting isn’t an option.

If you think about it, usually the magnitude of the payoff is directly correlated to the scale of the choice, chance and change it has the ability to create in your life. Rarely (think lottery ticket) can a small choice or risk produce a large reward. Leaving a job where you aren’t happy or fulfilled to start your own company-giant choice, incredible chance, big change. Getting married-life altering choice, lots of chance, huge change. Having a child-you make a choice, take a chance and your life is forever changed.

Gandhi quoteEvery choice you make today will not have the power to alter the trajectory of your life, but there are some that will have that power. What choice will you make? Are you willing to take a chance? Will you embrace change? Remember, you have the power to create the life YOU want!

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