I have received a lot of good advice in my life. Near the top of the list is “Life is not made by the dreams that you dream, but by the choices you make.” Your life today is the sum of all the choices you have made up to this point.
We need to embrace the things that are excellent. In any given situation we have a whole continuum of choices – ranging from really rotten choices, to the mediocrity of average, to good and then those that are truly excellent. How can we move across this continuum past our natural impulses all the way to excellent choices?
Often it’s challenging to make the most excellent choice, especially when there aren’t many others joining us. Sometimes the process of making the right choices may feel as if our own desires and freedoms have been suppressed. However, in our personal life choices that are focused on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control seem awfully good standards for which to aim.
And in the work world I like sincerity, honesty, engagement, process excellence, integrity, self control, humility, respect for others and the energetic work needed to accomplish what we are paid to do.
What would you like to add to this list to make it personal for you?