Choices: One Of The Few Paths To Success Or Failure
Was reading a book and listening to an audio program by one of my mentors, Darren Hardy, of the SUCCESS magazine empire. He discussed the importance of the choices we make and how they impact our lives. The thing to note here is that we make our choices and then our choices make us. Whatever you are up to this point in your life, you have become that, based on the choices that you’ve made on a daily basis. If you do not like where your life is at presently, all you need to do is make slight adjustments to your choices and you will experience unbelievable results.
Let me make this very clear. Earning success is hard. The process is laborious, tedious and sometimes even boring. The key is to go ahead and do the things that successful people do day in and day out. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do. They don’t like to do the things required, but they do them anyway.
What you have to realize is that you don’t need to learn anything more. If all you needed was more information, everyone with an Internet connection would live in a mansion, have 6-pack abs(abs of steel) and be ridiculously happy. So new or more information is not what you need. What you need is a new plan of action. It’s time to create new habits and behaviors that will move you away from sabotage and toward success. It’s time to make new choices as to how you’re going to live your life going forward. You see, the last 5 years went by really fast. The question is, are you where you thought you would be now? If not, make a decision right now to do something different so that the next 5 years will be different from the last 5 years. It all starts with the choices you make starting this very minute.
Now it’s going to require some work to redesign your life. Realize this…..It doesn’t matter how smart you are or aren’t, you need to make up in hard work what you lack in skill, experience, innate ability, intelligence, etc. If someone you’re competing with is smarter, more talented or experienced, you just need to work 3 or 4 times as hard. You can still beat them!
Here’s a formula I got from reading Darren Hardy’s book: Small, Smart Choices+ Consistency + Time = Radical Difference
If you desire is to become successful, then you need to improve your work ethic. Create a simple daily routine and follow it. You can change your life by making small, seemingly insignificant choices daily.
John Maxwell said “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.”
Real and lasting success requires work – and lots of it and that’s why only a small percentage of the population ever achieve it. Successful people don’t pine for quick fixes or silver bullets. Take the really successful rock star athletes, for example. Don’t try to fool yourself into believing that they didn’t live through regular bone-crushing drills and thousands of hours of practice. They get up early to practice – and keep practicing long after all others stop practicing. They face the sheer agony and frustration of the failure, loneliness, hard work, and disappointment it takes to become number 1.
The path to success is paved with mundane, unsexy, unexciting, and sometimes difficult daily choices and disciplines that compound over time if they are done consistently.
The life you end up with is basically an accumulation of all the choices you make. Your choices can be your very best friend or your worst enemy. They can deliver you to your goals or send you orbiting into never-never land, far away from home.
Your choices are the root of every one of the results you’re experiencing in your life. Each choice you make starts a behavior that over time becomes a habit. Every decision you make, no matter how small, ultimately alters the direction of your life.
It’s the little things in life that make all the difference. Remember this…Elephants don’t bit, however mosquitoes do. It’s the little things in life that will bite you. Start creating new good habits and start the process of abandoning the bad habits. The bad little things that you do will eventually and predictably derail your success if you don’t start now to take the steps necessary to address them one day at a time. Seemingly insignificant decisions can completely throw you off course because you’re not mindful of them. It’s time to WAKE UP and make empowering choices.
Take ownership for where your life is right now and realize that no one is to blame but you. The sooner you realize this, the quicker you’re able to get back on track. You alone are responsible for what you do, don’t do, or how you respond to what’s done to you.
Create good habits and do them often. The more you do them, the easier they will become.
I’ll leave you with this quote by Arnold Palmer: “It’s a funny thing; the more I practice, the luckier I get.”
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