From the time the alarm sounds in the morning to the time you go to sleep at night you are inundated with choices. Your day is an over-stocked smorgasbord of selections, options, sizes, colors, decisions, and forks in the road. Choices that are simple, mundane, cosmetic, spiritual, important and even life changing or altering fight for your attention. It’s overwhelming. It’s stressful. It’s life.
There are three decisions/choices that you can make everyday that you can dramatically change your life. They are not mind-shattering, ground breaking choices. They are extremely simple, often forgotten choices that are critical to living a life of fulfillment, success and impact.
Choose your attitude – You choose your attitude. You cannot control how people treat you, what things happen throughout the day nor the circumstances you find yourself in. You do, however, have the ability to choose how you react to the negativity that exists around you, your perception of the world and how you treat people. When you embrace a positive, optimistic attitude there is no situation that is too difficult for you to overcome. Choosing an outstanding attitude can, and will, lead to outstanding results. You become a person that people want to be around and that allows you to be a person of influence.
Choose your friends – “Show me your friends and I will show you your future.” I have heard it for years and it true. You become who you hang out with. If you surround yourself with negative, life-draining people life is going to be negative and full of death. It is a very simple principle. Fill your days will positive, life-giving people and you will experience the joys of life. Your friends are your choice. You cannot choose your parents or your siblings, but you can choose your friends. Choose to spend time with those who lift you up, encourage you and make you a better person. Choose to walk away from those who don’t.
Choose not to be offended – The negativity of this world will eat at you if you let it. People are mean-spirited and will say things that hurt you. Your opinions will differ from those of others and you will be attacked for your beliefs, values and thoughts. Being offended by these things is a choice. Choose not to be offended. Roll with the punches. Accept that people will behave in a way that doesn’t align with your standards. Don’t lose hope in humanity. Trust me, I know it isn’t easy. I have social media accounts and I see the conversations and attacks that take place. I’ve been tempted to respond, but chose not to in the moment. Make that choice daily.
What do you think? If you choose the right attitude, the right friends, and not to be offended daily, would life be better? Maybe it won’t change things for you, but it sure has for me.
Tomorrow will be full of choices. Choose wisely!