How to be successful in what matters most?
This is a question I ask myself often.
The reason is because I don’t want to get to the end of my life only to look back and realize I wasted it pursuing success in areas that don’t matter. I want to live it forward in the areas that truly matter most!
That’s why these questions in a recent issue of Success Magazine caught my attention:
- What single force can shape our success or our failure?
- What one power do we have that, if used correctly, can practically guarantee our success?
The answer? It’s the power of choice!
Think about it. You and I are where we are today because of the choices we have made. Unwise choices repeated over and over lead to failure. Wise choices repeated regularly lead to success. It’s pretty much that simple.
But what do we do with the unwise decisions we’ve made in the past? And more importantly, what do we do with the unwise decisions we might make in the future? Do unwise decisions mean our road to success is destined to hit a dead end?
This is what I love about the power of choice and the role it plays in how to be successful in what matters most.
In most cases, success is the result of wisdom and good judgement. Yet wisdom and good judgment come from experience, and experience is often the result of mistakes we have made in the past because of poor judgment. As Will Rogers said, “Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”
What all of this means to you and me is that the experience gained from all our bad judgment and mistakes is unbelievable valuable. In fact, our greatest teacher is failure!
So, if you have made a mistake recently and you’re wondering how to be successful in the midst of it all, don’t waste time beating yourself up. Instead, put on your learning cap and do what successful people do. Use the power of choice! Ask yourself:
- What actually happened?
- What could I have done differently?
- Next time I face a similar situation how will I positively use the power of choice?
Bottom line, your life is the outcome of the choices you make. If you don’t like the outcomes you are currently experiencing, put the power of choice to work for you. Different choices will produce different results. That’s how to be successful in what matters most!
Question: How have you positively used the power of choice? How did it help you experience success in something that really matters?