The power of choice

Talking about the power of choice, Napoleon Bonaparte said,

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.

When I came across this quote, the thoughts that ran through my head, were that a big part of freedom is the freedom of choice, the freedom to decide for oneself. And isn’t that what we all want? That has not always been easy for me, and in some seasons of my life I reluctantly let others decide for me, and in other seasons I’ve actually felt okay with other people deciding for me. But not now. Now, I want to have the freedom to choose what is best for me.

As I’ve mentioned before, a good friend of mine says,

Every decision you make is the life that you live.

I want to say “ouch” now, but I know it’s true. The decisions, choices, we made yesterday, last week, last month, last year, maybe even 10 years ago, is in some way the life we are living today. Do you believe that?  Stand back and look at your life, no condemnation, no shame, just honesty. Be real and honest with yourself. I’m not at all saying we’ve made bad decisions – but maybe there were better ones we could have made. Maybe you’re happy with the decisions you made and where you are now in life, and that is great!!

Let’s now look forward. Where do you want to be in 6 months time, 12 months, 5 years? What decisions are you making today, or what decisions are you going to make tomorrow, that will affect where you want to be then? Do you believe in your own power of choice?

It is so important to know where you are heading. That is our compass. That is what keeps us on track. And it is what helps us make good or better or even the best decisions we can. So plan. And then decide, then make your choices.

What makes it difficult for you to decide, to make the best choices for your life?

As Napoleon said, “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide”. And deciding for ourselves is sometimes the most difficult of all. But to be able to decide is freedom.

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