Tag: Decisions

Choices Quotes

Choices Quotes

You are where you are, because of choices you made in the past. Make good choices, ALL the time. – The Catalyst

If there are flies in your soup, it must be that you want them there. – Author Unknown

Choose whether you will live or complain/mope/whine/cope. – Author Unknown

No one else can ever make your choices for you. Your choices are yours alone. They are as much a part of you as every breath you will take, every moment of your life. – Author Unknown

When you have a problem, make a choice…you’ll feel better. – Author Unknown

Some people choose to live by complaining. Other people choose to live. – Author Unknown

You cannot manage your life if you do not manage your self. You cannot manage your self if you do not manage your choices. Manage your choices, and you will manage your life. – Author Unknown

The choices we make in the heat of emotion would be better if left for some other day. – Author Unknown

It is the big choices we make that set our direction. It is the smallest choices we make that get us to the destination. – Author Unknown

Those who choose to succeed always do better than those who never choose at all. – Author Unknown

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. – Author Unknown

Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices. – Author Unknown

Our choices in life are made according to our sense of our own worth. – Author Unknown

There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it’s easy. – Author Unknown

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise. – Author Unknown

Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something. Where are your choices taking your life? What do your behaviors demonstrate that you are saying yes or no to in life? – Author Unknown

Make the right choices and deal with consequences of all choices honorably. – Author Unknown

 

 

Choices For Success

Choices For Success

The plans you made in the “Planning the Dream” article will set your direction.  The choices you make in the future will determine how much success you have in accomplishing the steps to overcome the obstacles.

“It is the big choices we make that set our direction. It is the smallest choices we make that get us to the destination.” – author unknown

We must come to the understanding that where we are now is the sum total of the choices we have made.  We can try to blame, complain, or pout, but it really comes down to ourselves as being responsible.  Of course we didn’t choose disease, medical conditions or crimes, but we did chose the job, the spouse, the debt, etc.  Even some diseases could be the result of your lifestyle choices.  Prior choices are in the past now, and there is no point in beating ourselves up over them if they didn’t turn out well.

“Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of their choices.” – Author Unknown

The good news is that we’ve the rest of our lives to make better choices!  We make hundreds of choices every day.  Starting now, make sure your very next choice leads in the direction you want to go. If it is a food/beverage choice, will it be one to improve your health and fitness?  Sure, all things in moderation, even good choices.  Just make sure the “habitual” choice is a good one.

In the introduction I congratulated you on becoming aware that you might need a change.  Awareness that you’re making choices, while you are making them, will have a huge impact on the future you.  For example: Today I hadn’t had much for breakfast (choice 1).  I was really hungry by 10:30, and getting home to eat wasn’t going to happen until 1:00 or so.  I was sitting in a cafe for the free WiFi and really wanted to order something to eat (choice 2).  Last week was Thanksgiving, so I’d certainly had my fair share of calories lately.  I chose to wait until I got home.  This decision not only saved me unnecessary calories, it also saved me about $10.  The easy choice would have been to satisfy my hunger right away.  Instead of adding to my waistline, I subtracted from it, added to the bank account, and didn’t come close to starving as feared.  Until you have rock solid habits that are taking you in the direction you want to go, you have to eliminate these auto-pilot choices  from your life.  Be aware when you are choosing, to not distance yourself from your goals.  You can pretend you are making the choice for someone else which makes the answer ridiculously obvious in most cases.  Make your choices for the future you, not the tempted, desire-driven person you are at the moment.

For another example, picking the honey bun out of the vending machine at work one afternoon seems a small decision.  It’s just one honey bun right?  Not if it becomes a habit.  You will gain a few minutes of pleasure, but nothing more.  It will probably take 2 hours of working out to make up for that choice.  I rarely have the luxury of this much time.  So, you gain a few pounds a year due to “small decisions”.  After 30 years of that, your are 60 lbs overweight, your knees are going out, your back hurts, your blood sugar is high, and you might even have type II diabetes.  The small but frequent choices can really add up over the years.  Do you know someone over 50 who is in great shape, lots of energy, and great health?  I bet they don’t just have good genes, but have done well on the “small decisions”. So, give yourself some healthy options when it comes to snacking, and choose well!

“You cannot manage your life if you do not manage your self. You cannot manage your self if you do not manage your choices. Manage your choices, and you will manage your life.” – author unknown

Important Choices for Success

  • Friends – we become the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with.  This should awaken you!  🙂   Imagine if your best friend in high school and through life had been Warren Buffet.   Think your life might be different today? Now, don’t go sending your best friend off packing. But do try and find some people to hang out with that might take you up an notch.  Spend time with people who are more successful than you and learn from them, whatever you consider to be “success”.
  • Thoughts – if your thoughts dwell in the negative, your life will too.  Choose to keep your mind on positives and steps to success.
  • Reading – like your friends, what you read influences where your thoughts go.  Feed your mind with things that enrich you and move you toward success.
  • Listening – Are you a good listener?  Open minded?  Be thick skinned and listen for opportunities for yourself to grow.
  • Exercise – It is surprising this even has to be listed.  If you are physically able, you know it is the right thing to do.
  • Appearance – I try not to judge a book by its cover, but I sometimes do as does the rest of humanity.  It is important for success that you and your home don’t appear disheveled, smelly, etc at least for first impressions.
  • Spending – Are you spending your money wisely?  Wasteful choices are pretty easy to notice.  Definitely you need a budget or system of managing your money to get you to your financial goals.  Definitely you need financial goals.  🙂
  • Socializing – A network of friends, family and mentors are one of the most sure paths to success.  Be sure you have a good network and spend time nurturing it.
  • Punctuality – Your punctuality will reflect on your integrity as being on time allows you to fulfill a promise even though it wasn’t promised explicitly. Being late gives the impression that you consider your time more valuable than those you are meeting and damages the relationship. When you are on time it shows you can pay attention to detail. Being late is disruptive to others and will result in lost opportunities, stress, and embarrassment.
  • Start and Finish Days Well – Success starts with a great morning routine.  This time will set the course for the rest of your day.  Ending the day well includes getting to bed in time for a good night of rest.  Getting enough rest is one of the most important steps to success.

Choices For Disaster

How do people end up in life circumstances no one wants to be in?  I often see homeless people in my city and I wonder how they got there.  It may have taken many choices along the way, but at some point one choice started the tumble.  Bad decisions can put you on the fast track to an unimaginable life. Something as simple as one more drink before getting behind the wheel of a car can cause you to lose your job, put you in jail, or even take someone’s life.

“There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it’s easy.” – author unknown

I recently heard a comedian relay a hilarious set about himself being first generation white trash. While this was a truly funny set, I thought it could be valuable on a more serious note as well. After all, who wants to be the first generation of trash in a long family line of successful upstanding citizens?

As I thought about what makes a person to be considered trash, it seems to be primarily someone with bad habits. Or as Kyle Kinane puts it “generations of bad decision making”.  Sometimes it only takes a few years of bad decision making to end up in a very bad place. Sometimes, it only takes one bad decision.  So, enjoy the set below.  As you make decisions and reinforce habits over the coming weeks, months, years, be sure they are good ones!  🙂