Everyone has the power of choice. Regardless of what position you are in, what conditions you were raised under, or what may have happened to you during your life, you have the power to choose how to respond and to choose what you will do next.
Dealing with life’s challenges can be extremely difficult. But how you decide to deal with what you encounter will always be a matter of choice. Never lose sight of that fact.
A great deal happens in life that is beyond our control. There are many things that we do not choose. We don’t choose our parents. We don’t choose many of the experiences, disabilities, or tragedies that may be thrust upon us, but we do have the power to choose how we respond to them.
We all make choices every day. These choices can profoundly affect the lives we lead. Good choices generally have positive consequences. Bad choices generally have negative consequences. The consequences of some choices may be immediate, intended, and obvious. Other consequences may be less immediate, less obvious and unintended.
To make an informed decision, you need to anticipate and consider all of the potential consequences of your choices. You need to think ahead.
Choosing to accept a ride from a stranger, walking down a dark alley, venturing into a bad or unfamiliar neighborhood, dropping out of school, or hanging out with the wrong crowd can all be life-changing choices.
The list of possible poor choices is virtually endless. You need to learn how to make good choices regardless of the circumstances.
To make the right choices, you must anticipate and consider the possible consequences of your actions. You may not be able to anticipate all potential consequences, but you can usually anticipate many. The more you can think ahead and consider what could happen, the better off you’ll be. Make the effort. Think about the potential consequences of your actions—before you act.
One way to determine if you are making a good decision is to ask people whose opinions you value what they think. Getting meaningful input can often help us make better choices. Multiple opinions from people with different perspectives can be especially helpful. If several people who normally have different perspectives are all telling you the same thing, you may want to think very carefully before disregarding that advice. Always remember that you have the power of choice. Think ahead, choose wisely and accept responsibility for your choices.