While there are outside forces
that create setbacks, it is still
your choice as to how you will
respond to those incidents that
determine whether or not you
climb forward or fall behind.
Obviously, there are
far more than seven
choices, but those
that follow will have
profound impact on
whether you shape
your life or are
shaped by life.
Growth is not automatic.
You must choose to remain teachable,
to work hard on yourself.
When you choose not to grow, you
become stale, arrogant, and will plateau.
Giving of your time,
expertise, and resources
without expecting anything in
return is an unselfish choice.
The world needs more givers.
Amazingly enough, when you
focus more on the wants and
needs of others, more of your
own wants and needs are met.
One of the best ways to build a connection
with others is to listen to them.
Take the focus off yourself and put it on the
other person. This draws others to you
because you place importance on others.
When you choose to do all the talking,
you rarely build strong or sustainable
relationships. You are a turn-off and
people will avoid you.
Making a difference
by adding value to
others is a choice.
Similar to its cousin,
giving, making a
difference goes a step
further by causing you
to leave others and
the world better than
you found it.
It goes beyond crossing the finish line by yourself and causes you to bring
others across the line with you. On the other hand, when you choose to live in
a selfish world, absorbed only with your own problems, after you die it will be
as though you never lived. You added value to nothing and impacted no one.
Doing what is right rather than
what is easy, cheap, popular or
convenient is not always
pleasant. However, it is what
builds character and maintains
Doing what is right is a sleeping aid. It creates inner peace and
makes your decisions easier since you've already decided up front
what you stand for. Taking the easy way out renders you unreliable,
someone who will one day end up without friends.
It is said that your body
is a temple, but that
many people treat it like
On the way to get more
and more, they sell out
one key thing that
money can't buy:
Make no mistake about it: Exercising or not is a choice. Putting the donut in
your mouth or not is a choice. The same goes for smoking. The earlier in life
you decide to develop the discipline to live a healthy lifestyle, the better.
Living a spiritual life adds a dimension to
each day that is nearly impossible for
non-spiritual people to grasp.
It gives you hope where others see defeat,
energy when others are exhausted, wisdom
when others are confused, and courage
when others are fearful.
Living without spiritual connectivity leaves an
inner void. If you feel empty and if your life
lacks a greater purpose, it may be time for
you to choose a different and better route.
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