Monday, March 21, 2011

Making the Right Choices

The quality of your life will depend on the choices that you make.

The results that you are receiving in the different areas of your life will be the accumulation of the day to day choices that you are making in those areas. If you are not achieving the results that you want in particular areas reflect on your past and current choices and ask yourself “Am I making the right choices and do I need to commit to making some different choices?”

Some of the important choices you may want to think about are:

* How you spend your time;

* Who you decide to have relationships with;

* How you manage your money;

* How you treat yourself;

* Your attitude in life;

* Being truthful; and

* How you respond to events in life.

Your choices will steer the direction that your life takes.

It is therefore important that you think carefully about the choices that you are making.

Time is precious and you need make sure that you are spending it wisely. Spend time doing things that you enjoy, that make you happy, that contribute to helping you achieve what you want in life and that assist you in maintaining your wellbeing. Make sure that you allocate and spend time on important priorities i.e. health, exercise, developing and maintaining relationships, having fun, involving yourself in areas that you are passionate about, doing things that you enjoy, taking the time-out to rest and relax, getting adequate sleep, self-development etc.

Who you surround yourself with has a huge influence on your life. It is important that you have relationships with people that have a positive influence on you. Develop and maintain relationships with people that make you feel good about yourself, that encourage and support you, that have your best interest at heart and add value to your life.

Manage your financial situation so that you are in control of it and it is not controlling you. Know what is happening with your money. Be proactive with managing this area of your life. Have a budget in place that you stick to that ensures you plan your expenses and income. Educate yourself on understanding how to manage your money and how to make your money work for you. Set goals to work towards. Understand the concept of delayed gratification. Seek help if necessary.

Support yourself in a caring way. Make it a priority to take the time to do the things that will nourish you, that give you the necessary energy to live life well and that will keep you healthy. By supporting yourself first you will be more effective in supporting others. Allow yourself to receive from others. Remember, receiving is just as important as giving. Speak to yourself kindly and with encouragement.

Maintain a positive attitude. Focus on the positives in your life and be grateful and thankful for them. Develop a ‘can do’ attitude where you look for opportunities and solutions, and then implement the necessary action. See your life as a wonderful adventure with many things to enjoy and look forward to.

Be truthful to yourself and others. Speak and live your truth. Be authentic to yourself and others in your words and actions.

Respond to life’s events in a way that keeps you moving forward in a positive direction. Learn from your experiences and apply this learning to improve your life.

Making those better choices, as suggested above, on a daily basis will increase the level of happiness and fulfillment you experience in your life both today and in the future.

Make a choice right now that you will let go of poor choices that are not serving you and commit to making better choices that will help you live the life that you want and be the person you desire to be.

Author: Steve Decker – Life Management & Success Coach

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