The Power of Choice
Every day we are faced with a myriad of personal or professional choices (some small ones – like what to have for lunch to important ones – such as should I quit my job and start my own business). For each of these decisions or choices, we generally try to reflect on our options in a factual way and there are plenty of methods and tools out there to help with making choices – from throwing a coin to completing lists of pros and cons to undertaking heavy duty future projection analysis.
In this article though I want to talk to you about the emotional choices we have and the power we have in choosing our emotional response.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said “No one can make your feel inferior without your consent”. The key words here are “your consent”. That is right, we choose how we interpret what other people say or do, we choose how we want to interpret events. We may reject what someone says or we may take it to heart – it depends on how we view the situation and the person saying it.
How we view a situation and the people involved is of course dependent on the filters we have developed since birth – the language we grew up with at home, the support we received in school, our social interactions, to name a few. These filters will either limit or expand what we see and thus impact how we perceive and what we think about our circumstances. However how we wish to continue to experience any situation is really dependent upon our choices.
How can we change our choices or make different ones to those we have made in the past?
The first step is understanding the power of our thoughts, feelings and actions – in other words how we really show up in all the various aspects of our life.
There is no one magic formula that works for everyone every time, however if we acknowledge that our behaviour is based on previous learnings and experience, and that we are also constantly changing beings, each of us can look at the choices we make and be open to new learnings, new understandings and to developing a new story of our life!
So right now how can you lead a more conscious life? What are the barriers to your success? How can you remove these barriers and filters? How can you make different choices?
To get you started download the free ‘Power of Choice’ template, click here! It provides some questions and strategies you might want to consider and reflect on.
If you want some support to better understand your filters or just want to touch base around the power of your choices, email me today!