If You Could Choose…

June 6, 2008

Most think that they do not have a choice in life. I believe that we are conditioned to become indifferent and to simply follow a routine that someone else dictates for us. As Zig Ziglar says, “we are born to win and conditioned to lose.”

If you think about the natural progression of most people lives, our lives follow a certain path. You are born to parents who mean well, yet they are not perfect themselves, and they have their own patterns and imperfections that you unconsciously learn from them. It is difficult enough to learn and grow, especially in some environments that many people live, much less to have to deal with the added troubles that are thrust upon any individual by outside forces. Growth can be a daunting task at times.

At some point in our lives we start our education. We enter into a system that is run by imperfect people with their own emotional patterns and challenges. They have their own belief systems on how things ought to be. Whether they are right or wrong, the systems and the patterns of the people in the system are a significant dynamic. We spend 20,000 hours learning in an institution that recycles the same “people” – the teachers teach in the same system in which they were taught in the first place. No one ever questions the sensibility of this concept and they continue to teach things the “same ole things,” whether they were correct or not. The system is a system and that is what a system does; it keeps going without need for thought. All in all, we have been taught many things that are inaccurate or just flat out wrong, and you need to determine what those things are.

Then, we go to college because we have been told that the key to financial freedom is to get good grades, to get a diploma, go to work for a company and they will take care of us until we retire. How many of you have realized that this is not necessarily true? How many know of someone who has been laid off or fired? Where are the people who have been with a company for 40 years anymore? How many of you have realized that jobs don’t necessarily take care of people because companies must maximize profits and cut costs?

Things are supposed to change in the work world. For those who get jobs, they realize that things are not too far off from the same system that existed when they were younger, except they have the privilege of needing to exceed expectations or they get fired. Additionally, you tend to do all of the work compared to your coworkers and you know more than your ridiculous boss. And as a nice gesture, the company will pay you enough to stay, but not enough to live the life of your dreams. Then to reward your hard work, they let you take off most Saturdays, Sundays, and have two weeks off per year. Apparently, this is now the American dream – to get by?

Eventually, you work towards the golden years of retirement. You then have to live off of less than half of what you couldn’t afford to live off of in the first place. At this point, it is too late to do anything about your situation.

The point of all this is to say three very simple things are a major epidemic in our society. First, people are so busy that they never stop to think about what they want to do with their life. Second, they never put together a plan for their ideal life happen. Lastly, they don’t have the time to execute the plan (that they didn’t make in the first place) to make their dream become a reality. People just burn their lives away with the “get up, go to work, go home, go to bed, wake up, go to work, go home, go to bed,” hectic schedule as I like to call it. Unless you are completely thrilled with your current life and you never want anything to be better or different (and actually if you don’t make the effort to further yourself, you will tend to slide backwards), you need to step up and determine what you want for your life.

Since you have read this far and already invested a few minutes, it will not hurt you to spend one more minute on this topic. Do yourself a favor and ask yourself the following questions, if you could choose your ideal life, what would it be? How would you structure it? Write down a few sentences that grabs your attention. Make your outline your 2 minute masterpiece – the masterpiece for your life!

As you continue to focus on what you want, you are much more likely to attract that life into your existence. A simple plan is a glorious beginning! Furthermore, find resources that will help you. And lastly, remember, do the one thing that will separate you from everyone else in this world – choose!

From Matrix III – Revolutions:

Agent Smith: “…why must you persist?”

Neo: “…because I choose to….”



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