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Choices and success

“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

J.K. Rowling

Like millions of other children, I read every Harry Potter book growing up. The quote above stood out to me from the entire 7-book series. The reason I like it so much is that I believe that this quote summarizes the difference between success and failure (however you define these). You see, I grew up knowing one thing, that if I wished for something I needed to turn hope into action to achieve it. My parents were huge in telling people that they could achieve anything they wanted.  They taught me to focus on the role I played in building my future and make the choices that would help me build that future I wanted. There is not much more to the successes and failures in my life than that, decisions made.

Every minute of the day, I face decisions to make. Should I have some sweets? Should I workout? Should I do my laundry now or postpone it? Should I buy a new car? Should I quit this job? Should I follow my dream at the risk of failing? I make dozens of decisions every minute. I sometimes choose to think about a particularly pleasant moment of the past, or maybe a not so pleasant one. 

The person I am today is simply a representation of the choices I have made up until now. Given this, if I have trouble with who I am right now, or can’t accept an aspect of my life, I must reevaluate my decisions. More importantly, I have to reflect on how I chose this path to begin with.

The first step to success is to own up to my life. We have all met a confident man or woman that has inspired us. These are the people who know that, no matter what their circumstances were in the past, they can adjust their path to create a fulfilling life. Instead of blaming or focusing on reasons, they focus their energy on taking action. Choosing to move forward and take control of their lives, instead of choosing to believe that their circumstances have nothing to do with them is what allows for success.

Let’s pay attention to the choices we make and the thoughts we choose to entertain.  If you want to be jealous of someone, admit it.  Also, realize that you are weakening your potential by doing so, instead of working hard to achieve your next big goal.  If you continuously blame your parents, a lover, or anyone else for the things that have gone wrong in your life, you have some soul-searching to do.  No matter how justified we feel to blame someone else for our problems, it does little to solve our problems and a whole lot to make us feel powerless.

Make the right decisions. Let’s choose to say, think, or do only that of which we can be proud.  That’s how we become a good person by making the right choices.

Last Updated on August 22, 2020 by Omar Eduardo

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