It is that time of year, when people think New Year, new leaf… turn the page. They do this by resolving to do something differently and live a different life. Let me ask you a question, do you do this? If so, what is your track record. (#Resolutions)
It is a curious custom. Once a year after we have spent quality time with family and friends, we realise that we may have some different choices. You regularly hear of people who are fed up with the 9-to-5 existence, who desire better life outcomes (such as more exercise), different body shapes, to give up alcohol, tobacco etc. There are many things people might desire to change given the impetus of a New Year.
I came across this quote recently and it is a prescient reminder that we have more choice than perhaps we think we do. We often make up reasons why we have ‘got to’ do something. “I will get fired”, “So and so will hate me”, “It will all end in tears”… How many of these things are true in reality? It is a choice. I will be at work tomorrow morning because I choose to be. If I don’t show up, I may get fired, I may not. The point is I have a choice about what happens and I can control my own destiny. There isn’t someone with a loaded gun at my head ‘making’ me go to work.
We often forget that we DO have a choice. We make things up, we imagine dire consequences. We allow ourselves to be swayed about what could happen. In this world, the consequences assume a life of their own and they stop us from taking action and being responsible for our own success.
Ask, find out, don’t assume. Happiness is a conscious choice.