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Choice…yep we own it!
November 6, 2016
Someone gets a promotion at work and you choose to feel bitter, thinking that it should have been you. A couple buy their first home and you choose to feel frustrated and envious because you are still struggling to save a deposit. A women looks even better after having her first child and you choose to wonder what you did to deserve the rolling hills and endless stretch marks around your abdomen. A friend or colleague always seems to be so positive, resilient and in control of their lives, you choose to blame your parents for not teaching you those life skills as a child; the list goes on.
Choice, YEP, we own it. We can choose to be anything we want but more importantly we get to choose how we feel and think. There is a conversation you are having all the time, I like to call it ‘The Silent Converser’ Your mouth is closed, but you’re still talking. You are telling yourself a whole bunch of things that simply gets in the way of achievement and most importantly peace of mind.
Once upon a time, I chose to believe certain dreams just weren’t meant to be, that I couldn’t possibly be as successful as I hoped. I chose to believe that my personality, that was once filled with a low attention span, a fear of failure and procrastination coming out of my ears, were just built in traits that would always get in the way of my success. I was tired of my excuses and bored of my repetitive patterns. As Einstein pointed out, ‘It’s truly insane to expect something different to happen when you continue to do the same things over again. So that’s what I did…something different.
I chose to be a valued staff member to my Employer. As a result, I worked even harder, achieved better results and before you know it, I started being noticed for all the right reasons. I chose to wake up early and go to the gym before work instead of hitting the snooze button as though time would somehow stop for my benefit. I have chosen to face challenges as opportunities for growth (remember it’s not always meant to be easy!). I chose to sit down and stay focused until a task was finished. This helped slowly kill the deadly bacteria called procrastination and I didn’t even need a dose of antibiotics to do it!!!!!
I choose to live a life that makes me feel good, and I’ve made a choice to feel good about me. I’m in control of my body and mind and therefore it has to do what I tell it do right!?
It’s your turn, what do you choose to do differently?