Success Principles | You Are What You Consistently Choose to Do

If you’ve been a student of personal development to any extent, you’ve most likely heard that your life is a sum of the choices you make. Some people find this fact to be alarming… personally, I find it to be incredibly empowering.

If your life is a sum of the choices you make, then that means you can make the decision at any point to change your life by changing your choices.

If your life is completely determined by chance (life happens to you), then you hold no power at all to change it.

Some people choose to believe that life happens TO them — they choose this belief because it seems easier than owning up to the choices they’ve made thus far in their life journey… they don’t want to admit it is their choices that created the life they have today.

I used to be one of those people. When I made the decision to change my belief… my life began to change. I realized that my life wasn’t what I wanted it to be because I had made bad choices… and if I wanted my life to be better, I had the power to change my choices and, as a result, change my life.

I’ve held this belief for over 5 years now, but even with those years of experience under my belt I still continue to learn more and more about the power of decision.

This morning I came across a passage in a book I was reading that said this:

“It is not what you once in a while that shapes your life, it is what you consistently do.”

I knew this. I’ve known this for a while. But here’s what struck me in a new way:

If we consistently choose NOT to do the things we know we should, in order to achieve the life we want, then we are consistently choosing to put other things in front of our dreams.

Even the act of NOT doing anything is an action.

If we find ourselves not taking consistent action towards our goals, then we are in fact taking consistent action in the opposite direction.

Wow.

Talk about powerful, right?

Everything we do — whether through action or inaction — is a decision we make. Whether that decision is made consciously or subconsciously does not matter. It is still a decision.

When you wake up one day and say to yourself, ” I am going to browse Facebook instead of making calls to new prospects.”, what you are actually doing is saying,

“Today I am choosing to make leisure time more important than my goals.”

Do that a couple of times a week or several times a month and you have made that decision a consistent one.

Yikes.

So as you go about your routine today, ask yourself: What decisions am I consistently making for my life?

Are you consistently moving in the direction of your dreams? Or are you consistently moving away from them?

There is no standing still.

Only forwards or backwards.

The choice is yours.

Decide.

Take action.

And make it happen.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau

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