Position Yourself for Choice

Life is all about choice. The better your choices; the better your opportunities. More importantly, better choices will increase your chances of leading a happy life.

Accordingly, if our life is shaped by the choices we make, why not put yourself in a position to have multiple choices. Wouldn’t it be great to have three different cities to live in or have several different clubs to join?

My husband found out shortly after he started a new job that his agency was closing their doors. He quickly sent out applications to three similar companies. He found himself interviewing at all three. Additionally, all three agencies offered him a job. Rather than take the first offer that came his way, he waited and allowed himself the option of taking the one that he felt was the best fit.

We recently remodeled our home. We interviewed several capable contractors. We made the decision to use one special painter because of his experience and the fact that we have used him before. Frankly, I think all of them would have done a good job. However, we set ourselves up to have a choice that allowed us to pick the right person for the job.

I realize that the choices I have illustrated are not life-changing. Who do I marry? What school do I attend? Where do I live? Do I leave my job to take care of my Mom?

However, can you imagine what would happen if you gave yourself options on the important choices that have the capability to alter life’s course?

I challenge you that when you are faced with a choice, make the extra effort and seek out more than one option. It will make you feel in control of your life and offer you the satisfaction that there is always more than one path to take.

If life is truly about choice, would it not be smart to make sure you have all of the alternatives before you take the leap?

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Sitting outside in less than optimum weather is a choice.

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