Here's The Deal - Part 3
Choice Equals Power!
The power to choose your actions is painfully undervalued, underestimated, and underutilized. In reality, you choose every single one of your actions. For example, no one is forcing you to read these words.
You are choosing to read these words.
Aside from birth, you, your self, has chosen to do every single act in your life. And, going forward, you, your SELF will choose every single act. Indeed, our choices are usually based on a decision process. And, to be sure, sometimes fear, family, friends, and foe INFLUENCE our decision process.
Thus, this is a fundamental point:
You control you. No one else controls you.
Other people may influence you. Other people may influence your behavior. Other people may influence your decisions. Other decisions and outcomes may influence, limit, or expand your choices and associated decisions. However…
You are the main supervisor of you.
You are the ultimate director of you.
You are the powerful president of you.
You are the earthly (little ‘g’) god of you.
Accordingly, you are in control of you.
And, as director, president, and (little ‘g’) god of your self, you have the ultimate power over you. People may influence you. But no one can make you do anything.
No one else controls you.
You control you.
As soon as you think (or believe) that other people have power over you, that thought becomes reality… and they instantly have power over you.
If you have a job, no one is forcing you to work.
You have elected to have a job in order to achieve a certain quality of life.
In essence, people who have jobs have accepted the understanding that a good day’s work provides a good day’s pay. Cumulatively speaking, a week’s worth of a good day’s pay equals a decent paycheck. When we choose to work, we are accepting the deal that we will be paid for our work. We then adapt to that deal by choosing to work. By accepting and adapting to this deal, we receive a financial exchange for our labor.
Yes, we work to get money. But let’s not forget the title of this blog post….
~ Choice equals Power ~
If you have a job, you CHOOSE to work. Working provides the power to buy things. Your choice to work gives you buying power. And, let’s not forget that our primary job in life is to survive.
So here’s a good question: If your main job in life is to survive, what are you (not) choosing to do in order to increase the likelihood of your survivability? What are you doing today to ensure your life is better today than it was yesterday? Are you locked into a daily struggle for everyday survival by choosing to do the “same stuff; different day?” What seemingly mundane choices comprise or compromise your lifestyle?
Are you choosing the best options for your life?
Or like many people, are you choosing to give your power to other people, events, and situations?
Do you blame other people, events, and situations for your current lifestyle?
Your answer to that question may have significant meaning to you. And, to be sure, it seems that bad things often happen to good people like you.
However, regardless of your situation… regardless of how you arrived here, you still have the awesome power of choice to get to THERE (wherever "there" might be).
You are the one who chooses how to move on from here. Of course, there are some people who refuse to believe that we, ourselves (our selves), have the ultimate power over our SELF. Those people have already chosen to give their power to other people, events, and situations.
As soon as you think (or believe) that other people have power over you, that thought becomes reality… and those people, events, and situations instantly have power over you.
Here’s an interesting fact to consider: Up until now, your birthplace, your family, your childhood, and other experiences have quite a bit to say about who you are. On the other hand, relatively speaking, all those things have little or nothing to say about who you can become.
YOU have the most to say about that!
Here’s the Idea:
Only you control you. Other people may influence you. However, when it comes to you, the most powerful person in the world is you.
Here’s the Deal:
Astronauts don’t get lucky; they choose their ideal profession; and they go for it. It may take a while, but for astronauts, the sky is the limit because they accept, adapt, and achieve. They create their very own future with goals, plans, and actions.
Likewise, you have the power to literally create the mindset, and thus the next minute, month, and next half of your life. And a lot depends on whether or not you see the world as a mountain or a molehill.
In reality, the best way to predict the future…
… is to create it…
Next week: Get. Give. Grow.
Last week: Ones and Zeros
Accept. Adapt. Achieve. ®
What do YOU want to achieve?
This is Part 3 of a 30-part series on how to achieve The Ideal Life.
Think about the word IDEAL. It is actually a conglomeration of several smaller words, specifically:
~ I ~ ID ~ IDEA ~ DEAL ~ IDEAL ~
In the final analysis, if you can learn to master your Id (as in the ego, id, and superego), you can do some rather amazing things.
© 2011-2016 John H. Clark III
Parts excerpted from…
The Ideal: Your Guide to An Ideal Life
(220 pages, BFG Press, 11/11/11)
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