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The Power to Choose

Updated: Oct 29, 2022

Is it possible to experience success during uncertain times? The answer is yes, and the discovery is found in developing 2 types of skills: sense of agency and decision-making.

Sense of agency is all about focusing on what is inside your sphere of control, which is you! Your thoughts, your feelings, your decisions, your personal development, and how you respond to life are all within your reach to govern regardless of outside circumstances.

Effective decision-making requires introspection and observation. Ask yourself how your choices have created the life you now live. Then identify which of your decisions manifested positive outcomes and which ones lacked good judgment. Equally important is to learn from the people around you. Notice who is content, peaceable, and helpful. Notice those who perpetually complain, lie, and make excuses. Observing others can serve as an excellent guide on how to thrive.

Although none of us can avoid disappointments and failures, here are 6 practical ways to maintain a mindset that prospers:

  1. Avoid doing things that will steal your peace and rob your sleep - Guilt is a gift, but it is also a thorn. If you know better, do better. You’ll rest better.

  2. Wade in the deep -- Greatness doesn’t come from comfort and growth doesn’t rise from convenience. Take calculated risks, and crush that next hard task.

  3. Do everything with pure intentions -- Manipulation has a bitter ending, but the outcome of kindness and truth is always sweeter.

  4. Clear the trash from your path -- If a bad habit or unhealthy lifestyle keeps tripping you up, don’t try to manage it. Get help and get rid of it.

  5. Prioritize your health and wellness -- If you’re not well, you cannot be your best self. Achieve optimal health by consistently caring for your body, soul, and spirit.

  6. Surround yourself with people who are thriving too -- Just like a plant, you need the right environment to grow. Position the right people in your ecosystem who will help you to be fruitful.

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