e’re all confronted by countless choices eachday. Some have minimal consequences, such aswhether to have our ice cream in a cup or cone,while other decisions can be life changing.And while someof these choices may impact our lives today, other choicesmay not affect us for years to come.We are a product of the choices we make. Each decisionhelps to define who we are and how we’re different fromone another.Unfortunately, some folks prefer tomake their decisions in a haphazardfashion. They “shoot from the hip” orflip a coin rather than reviewing theiroptions in a deliberate manner. Othersmake decisions in a vacuum withouttaking time to collect the facts orconsider the consequences. Still otherssimply follow the crowd to avoid takingpersonal responsibility, or they base theirdecisions solely on the advice of anotherperson, rather than on an idea’s truemerits. Lastly, some individuals are moreinterested in checking an item off theirto-do list than in making a sound choice.Inthiscase,expediencytrumpseffective-ness.Of course, not every decision requiresin-depth analysis. Some should bepractically “automatic,” like stepping on the brake pedalwhen the traffic ahead begins to slow down.And applyinglessons learned from your past experiences can help makethe decision process more automatic and less traumatic. Butpoor choices do have their consequences, and being fullyengaged in the decision process is a good practice in itself.
It’s Your Choice: Values Matter
Personal values should serve as your guiding star inmaking good choices. Values are like a pilot’s flight plan . . .without them, you’re flying blind. Unfortunately, somepeople don’t take the time to define them.Take a moment and consider the following items. Eachquestion is designed as a continuum, so your response doesn’thave to be limited to one extreme, or another.Remember, there’s no rightorwrong answerto each question.The answer that you provide should be the right one forYOU.
Do you put more effort into building yourcareer or spending time with friends and family?
Do you spend more time trying toplease yourself or to satisfy others?
Do you try to eliminatebad habits or simply give in?
Are you risk averse or wouldyou gamble to win big?
Do you seek theadvice of professionals (such as doctors,financial advisors, and attorneys) or goit alone?
Are you willing to turn ablind eye to yourconsciencetoachieve personal gain?
Are you more apt tomake serious commitments or to live ahappy-go-lucky life?
Do you spend moretime enjoying what you have orupgrading your belongings?
Are you content with your existing situationor willing to explore exciting new opportunities?
Are you more inclined to follow ahealthy diet or to yield to temptation?
Do you put trust and faith in other people or relymostly upon yourself?
Are you willing to pay your dues today byworking hard as an investment in your future, or do youprefer to take it easy and possibly limit your opportunities?
Do you put more effort into developingdeep relationships or casual friendships?
The Choice IsYours
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We are a productof the choiceswe make.