Author Denis Waitley said, “A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that your decisions cause your rewards and consequences. You are responsible for your life, and your ultimate success depends on the choices you make.”
This isn’t the type of quote that brings a high level of energy into a room, or that normally results in a standing ovation. Why? Because it challenges us on many different levels.
We don’t mind the idea of responsibility for our lives when things are going well. Everyone loves a good self-pat on the back after a perceived victory. But when our results and outcomes are not so desirable, we love to look at other causes for our pain as we discussed a couple of weeks ago. Human nature projects blame on others.
But as Christian Simpson asserts, “Your life proceeds out of the decisions you make.” We need to consider this truth on a much deeper level.
The outcome of each one of our lives is dependent upon the choices/decisions we make. The quality of our lives will never outgrow the quality of our decisions.
This truth applies to both large and small matters in life. Something as seemingly insignificant as deciding what time to wake up each day. Then, how do you spend your time throughout your day (work/non-work hours), and with whom do you spend that time? You get the gist.
We make decisions from the moment we wake up, to the time we drift away into the sleep realm. We need to bring a higher level of awareness and intentionality to our daily choices and decisions.
Nibo Qubein articulated this entire message well by stating, “Whether you are a success or failure in life has little to do with your circumstances; it has much more to do with your choices.”
Take time and record your daily activities (choices) including everything between waking and sleep. Do this for a week. Take a look at the data you record and measure the quality of your daily choices. Are your choices moving you closer to your goals and purpose? If not, what can you change immediately? What activities need to stop, or start?