We all have the same God-given gift. Every single one of us.
Some of us use it wisely; some of us don’t.
Others don’t even realize they have it.
The one gift we have in common
Based on my own research on how successful people differ from unsuccessful ones, this same God-given gift shows up time and again.
How we use it will determine whether we are successful or not.
So, what is this God-given gift?
Life is a sum of all your choices
The answer is CHOICE. Your life up until now is based upon the choices you’ve made in certain situations.
For instance, if I’m in a situation where I needed money, my choices could be:
- Choice 1: borrow money from the bank or a friend,
- Choice 2: take on a freelance gig with Fiverr,
- Choice 3: create more products to sell,
- Choice 4: sell off things I don’t need to raise some money
- Choice 5: write and sell a book
So, in any given situation, we have the power to choose. And that choice will, invariably, bring about different results.
When not choosing is also a choice
Someone once said to me, “sometimes I don’t have a choice!” While it may appear to be true to him, here’s the reality:
- You choose not to see the choices available
- You choose not to choose
- You know you have choices, you’d just not willing to make a choice
Now are those not choices?
How we make our choices
We surrender our choices
In certain situations, we allow the environment, the event, or other people to drive us to choose. If [blank] happens, I will do [blank]. Though it may seem like we are making a conscious choice; in reality we are surrendering our power to choose.
We make our choices subconsciously
Sometimes, we aren’t even aware of the choices we made. We think, “I’ve always responded this way, when this happens.” The reason we aren’t even aware of the choices is because subconsciously, we were already conditioned to respond in a certain way.
The secret of making better choices
In order to make better choices, we must understand an important law—the universal law of cause and effect.
- In physics, it is known as Newton’s Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
- In the Bible, it is known in Galatians 6:7 (NIV): A man reaps what he sows.
- In Buddhism, it is known as deeds and karma.
- In strategic planning, it is known as lead and lag.
Hence, actions (cause) brings about results (effect), where in turn actions (effect) are a result of our choices (cause).
Therefore, quality choices will bring about quality actions. And quality actions will lead to quality results.
If your life is a sum of all your choices, what quality choices are you making today?