In this article, Ron Redman (Redman Training & Development) shares some food for thought about the choices we make in our every day…

Choices

Each day we are faced with choices.

How we respond to these choices will determine a difficult or acceptable experience. 

How we choose to greet people will affect the outcome of the interaction to either result in an acceptable or unacceptable experience for either person.

Our lives can be complicated and challenged by events or influencing circumstances. As an example, for me, kicking my little toe quite hard first thing in the morning isn’t a great start to the day. This painful event has the potential to have a ripple effect on how I interact with people. If I choose to remain focused on the ‘little toe’ and allow the critical voice in my head to berate me on how clumsy I’ve been, it could result in an excited ‘good morning’ to the family dog being replaced with a ‘not now grrrrrr’. 

Later in the day, a friendly ‘hello’ wave from the neighbours while I’m walking the dog could be overlooked or ignored ‘because I’m in pain right now’. The ‘brighten your day’ effect of a smile from a fellow walker may be missed when I look away to hide my own pain.

Already so many great opportunities missed!

Life may present us with situations that anger us. We can choose to remain angry and bitter or we can choose to make the best of the situation.

Good choices, provided we allow the experience, influence the outcomes we create in a day and in our lives. 

A few tips to support you:

  • Question yourself about choices on goals or objective. Are they supportive or disruptive?
  • What am I choosing to avoid or procrastinate on?
  • Endeavour to make choices that support a positive outcome for yourself and others that you come into contact with.
  • Focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want – what we focus on we achieve.

I’d like to share a quote my youngest daughter gave to me during a particularly challenging time in my life.

Live in the moment.

Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is a mystery.

Today (this moment) is a gift. That is why it is called the present.

I choose to have a great day. How about you?

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