I recently had a profound conversation with one of my mentors, Dr. Pat, from Transformation Talk Radio around the topic of the ‘Power of Choice’ (the topic of one of my first episodes as a host on the show!).
Our conversation revolved around the core question:
“How are the choices you are making changing your life or keeping you stuck?”
Essentially asking, are you moving forward in your life and growing as the resilient human being you are, or are you at a stand still, feeling ‘stuck?’
A very important question to be asking in the current realm.
As humans we hold an innate drive within that is ever seeking experiences that expand, grow and illuminate our essential essence and worth. We’ve all heard the quote: “If you aren’t growing, you’re dying.” As this can seem a bit harsh, there is some deep truth to these words. If we aren’t adapting, changing, learning new ways to be and show up, and refusing to look at life with child-like wonder and curiosity, we simply STOP.
Which takes us back to the topic at hand, choice, the power of choice and how it can change your life.
Question: Are you in a space of intentional choice or on autopilot?
In conversation with friends, family and so many of my clients I continue to hear a common theme/thread:
‘Why do I continue to make decisions and choices that aren’t for my greatest good, keep me in a loop of shame and despair, and that continue to make me feel like I’m not where I’m supposed to be in my life?’
The answer: We are too often running on autopilot, making choices from old, outdated beliefs and perspectives that no longer serve the person we are desiring to be and show up as in the world.
How can we adjust our choices to align with OUR personal values and beliefs?
First, we have to get clear on what OUR personal values and beliefs are. What do we stand for, what is our mission in the world, why are we here, what do we believe, who do we serve, and what is it all for anyway?
Drop into YOUR heart, ask the questions… then listen. The answers are already there, we just have to slow down and take the time to truly let them in.
As I was recently reading Victor Frankl’s deeply moving book, “Man’s Search For Meaning,” a book that was written after spending 3 years in Nazi concentration camps, the following passage moved me in such a profound way:
“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.”
When we take 100% responsibility for ourselves and our choices, we bring intention and meaning back into our experience. We get back in the seat of our own lives and we begin to transform and shift into the miraculous beings we are here to be. We all hold the power to choose and mine our own unique path in this life, let’s not take this freedom for granted a second more.
There is so much power in our choices. Moment to moment, day to day, year to year. Harness this power and change your life!