Be aware of the choices you make.
The greatest gift we have is the ability to make choices. We may not always have control of the circumstances we find ourselves in, but we do have total control over how we react to those circumstances and the choices we make.
Being aware of the choices we make helps us thrive in all areas: family, community, health, environment and our economy.
We need to be aware of these choices. Stop and think about each one and make sure that the choice we are about to make is good for us, our community, our finances, etc. These can even be the smallest choices – from what items we purchase to the food we put into our mouths. When you become aware of the choices you are about to make, you also become aware of the alternatives to that choice. Think back on a time when the choice you made didn’t turn out as well as you had hoped; what if you had been aware of your alternatives? When we understand that our choices have power, we can avoid many of the problems that are a result of poor choices or choosing not to choose.
Habits are just unconscious choices that we make over and over again. To break unwanted habits, we have to be aware of the choice to take that repetitive action over and over again and then stop making that choice. But awareness is the key.
How to be aware of your choices:
When you wake up each day understand that you, not others are in control of your choices. Choose to make the best choices that will enhance your life and those around you.
- Be in the present moment when you make a choice.
- Understand the implications of the choice and your alternatives.
- What are your emotions at this moment of choosing? Are they playing a role in your decision making?
- Be aware of and honor your own personal values.
- Be aware of where you want to be in life, both short term and long term, and make choices that will take you there.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when making choices, this applies to small and big ones.
- Will this enhance my life or detract from it? (Do I really need to eat the Big Mac and fries for lunch and how will I feel afterwards? No, I will have a turkey sandwich instead and feel good the rest of the afternoon.)
- Is this moving me in the direction I want to go in my life? (Will this purchase of an item that I don’t necessarily need keep me from my goal of buying a home? Yes, because it means I am not saving that money.)
- Am I making this choice in a place of love or a place of fear, scarcity or abundance? (Am I choosing to stay in this relationship because I am afraid of being single? Yes, so I am choosing to leave it because I love myself enough to do what is best for me.)
- Is this in line with my core values? (I truly value local, sustainable agriculture so I am going to choose to buy my produce whenever I can at the farmers market.)
Your choices and habits are determining the direction of your life.
Choose them carefully and wisely.
Remember that not making a choice to act is still a choice.
Pick a choice that you make every day (what you are going to eat for breakfast, are you going to exercise today, how are you going to react to your kids that aren’t doing their homework), and before you make that choice (what you are going to eat, are you going to stay on the couch with the TV remote in hand, or how you are going to react to your children) stop and think for just a second on which choice will be the best for you, not the easiest or the one that you usually make, but the best.