Each day we make choices. We choose when to get up in the morning. What to wear. How we will respond when someone asks us a question. What we watch on TV. How much time to spend in the blogosphere:) Dozens of choices, all day long. And we choose to exercise or not. And we choose what we eat.
I had an ah-ha moment when I read in a book recently that we should think more about this fact and that we should focus our actions with that word: “choose.” For example, instead of saying that I cheated on my diet, I should acknowledge to myself that each time that I put something in my mouth I am making a choice. I choose to eat the cookie, for example. And when I do, it is not because I lack willpower or self-control or discipline, but because I made a choice. When I read about this idea, I CHOSE to see the light bulb go off above my head:)
And then the epiphany built when I read something else about that word. Did I ever feel overwhelmed by all the things I have to do? I have to eat healthier. I have to exercise. I have to clean my house. But the reality is I don’t have to do any of these things. I may not like the consequences if I don’t – but again, it is up to me to choose if I do them or not. So instead of thinking about what I have to do (and often don’t want to do), I should rephrase my life and think about what I choose to do. I choose to live a healthier lifestyle because I will feel better and like myself more. I choose to change my life for good and to get off the diet roller-coaster that has taken me for a dizzying ride for too many years.
I wonder what would be different in my life if I focus my actions around that word. I choose what I eat. I choose what I do. Good or bad. I am making a choice. I am the master of my own destiny. I am responsible. I have choices.