Thoughts on Success Part 7

Use Wisely Your Power to Choose

One of the key endowments we have as people is our ability to choose. Animals react, we as intelligent, thinking humans have the ability to respond. In the split second between the stimulus & the response we have the ability to think & to choose our response.

Our ability to choose may be weak or even embryonic but it is always present. Once we realize we have this ability we have an obligation to strengthen our ability to choose. If you would like to learn about our ability to choose I highly recommend the book” Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. Dr. Frankl was a prisoner of war, even in the concentration camps he found he had the ability to choose. My eyes were opened & my resolve to choose wisely was greatly increased by reading this book.

Some of Dr. Frankl’s quotes that have stayed with me are:

1. “People have the ability to choose their attitude in a given set of circumstances.”
2. “Every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.”
3. “Circumstances reveal a man’s character, they do not make it.”

Where we are today & how successful we feel is a sum total of the choices we have made in the past. If we desire a better future it is dependent on our making better choices. The good news is that we have the ability to choose a wiser path. We can begin today.

Examples of where you may wish to choose wisely:

1. Choose to Love ….. rather than hate.
2. Choose to laugh …… rather than cry.
3. Choose to create ….. rather than destroy.
4. Choose to persevere …… rather than quit.
5. Choose to praise ….. rather than gossip.
6. Choose to heal …… rather than wound.
7. Choose to give …… rather than steal.
8. Choose to act ….. rather than procrastinate.
9. Choose to grow …… rather than rot.
10. Choose to pray ….. rather than curse.
11. Choose to live …… rather than die.
12. What choices do you wish to add?

I sincerely believe that success is a journey.
We can all do better.
We can begin today.

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