It’s a fact that we really can—and do—change our future by the choices we make.
Choice is necessary to move forward toward the life you want to live. We must first choose our future—and then we can create it.
The long and short of it is this: Success STARTS with a strong mindset – a BELIEF in your ability to meet or exceed expectations. You must decide! Decide to make the gutsy choice to believe in YOU.
With greater awareness comes better choices, and with better choices we get better results!
Look inside yourself.
Your BELIEFS drive your EXPECTATIONS… your expectations drive your CHOICES… your choices drive your PERFORMANCE.
It’s your performance that ultimately delivers the RESULTS you expect… which leads directly to the SUCCESS you desire! (See how that works?)
Choice in business is simply a matter of deciding what goals you’re aiming for. But striving for goals beyond our current reality requires making changes in our current lives.
I have been a student of the human condition and behaviors for well over 30 years now, and it’s become apparent to me — you’ve probably noticed this as well — that people don’t like change! In fact, we tend to resist change even when we know or believe that it’s good for us. As expert author Ray Williams observes in an article for Psychology Today:
Recent neuroscience research shows the brain works in a protective way, resistant to change. Therefore, any goals that require substantial behavioral change or thinking-pattern change will automatically be resisted.
Mr. Williams goes on to state:
The brain is wired to seek rewards and avoid pain or discomfort, including fear. When fear of failure creeps into the mind of the goal setter it commences a de-motivator with a desire to return to known, comfortable behavior and thought patterns.
Does that cycle sound familiar? One step forward, two steps back?
You may believe you’ve made the choice to improve your life… but it’s still not happening. Here’s the thing: In addition to making choices, you must also take ACTION.
Here are several examples of how this looks in “real” life:
Choose your response to life, no matter what it throws at you. (Keep your thoughts raised high and hold on to that rare excitement that stirs your soul.) You get to CHOOSE… at every point in time. Happiness is a choice… the CHOICES you make each day either moves you toward success and happiness or hold you back.
Imagine the joy of your soul soaring!
You cannot be energetic and drained at the same time. Choose to be energetic! You can’t be passionate and aimless at the same time. Choose to be passionate! You can’t be optimistic and pessimistic at the same time. Choose to be optimistic! You cannot be a negative and a positive person at the SAME TIME! Choose to be positive!
Choose your lifestyle, your home, your location, your income, etc. (Be open to what your heart knows. The heart sets the size of your happiness.)
Choose what you want to do to make it happen.
When you ask your mind a question, it will search for an answer. If you haven’t believed you can live your passions, why not ask yourself (your heart), “What evidence can I find that maybe I CAN live my passions and create profits?”
Choose whether to do it on your own or invest in yourself to get the training you need to succeed. Once you’ve made a choice, COMMITMENT is the mindset critical to your follow-through.
Sidney Howard said, “One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.”
In other words, commitment itself is a choice! When you commit to standing by your choices, you succeed. It’s as simple as that.
But beware of the seven enemies of commitment:
- A lifestyle of giving up. Once you have chosen to succeed, you cannot give up. It is as simple as that.
- A misguided belief that life should be easy! It isn’t. I’m sure I’m not the first, nor the last person to tell you that, and it’s true. Life is full of trials and tribulations, but the wise and committed see those as teaching points rather than obstacles.
- An inaccurate belief that success is a destination. How will you ever know when you’ve arrived? Success is a mindset! It’s a series of accomplishments. Strive to continue succeeding for life.
- An attitude of negative thinking. Negative thinking sabotages your commitment to your choices. It brings out the worst in you and in your situation and prevents you from seeing solutions that bring you closer to your dreams.
- Reliance on others to do for you what YOU need to do for you. You create your own reality. Don’t let others try to determine your path or station in life.
- An irrational fear of failure. Again, failure is an opportunity to learn a lesson!
Failure is really nothing more than a dress rehearsal for success. There isn’t a single successful person who hasn’t failed at some point during his journey. You will fail. Commitment lies in picking yourself up, brushing yourself off, and getting back to it.
- A lack of vision. If you don’t know where you’re headed, how will you get there? Create a strong vision for your future. It’s like a compass and a canteen – it gives you direction and nourishment.
The great news is that you can develop a higher level of commitment. You must realize that it usually begins with a struggle. The first struggle is simply the first test – the first time you tell yourself, “I must get past this. I am committed to it.”
Commitment has nothing to do with talent or ability, and it is not a matter of conditions, but a matter of choice dictated by your values and morals.
Make that choice now. Commit to the choices you’ve made!
— Suzanna Abbott, CEO of The Baby Boomer Solution