What do you need to do to be successful right now?
If you asked people in a typical organization that question, many would say success is a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Some would say successful people were just lucky – good fortune fell into their laps. Some may even attribute success to their ancestors – they inherited success.
Has anyone ever been successful entirely because of good luck? Maybe, but not likely! Luck, happenstance, being in the right place at the right time, and family inheritance all may help, of course, but the reality is that many people have been in the right place at the right time, had good fortune come their way, and were born into a wealthy family … yet they never experience success.
So what do you need to do to be successful right now?
Success is ultimately realized by people who make more right choices … and recover quickly from their bad choices. Choices are directional … they lead us toward or away from the success that we are trying to achieve. Our personal and professional success depends on repeating good choices day in and day out … and avoid repeating bad choices.
Take a look at the successful people you know … in your office, your neighborhood, your city or your family. Without exception, their success has been created by their choices. It’s not about luck, the conditions or even the guardian angels guiding their lives.
The task of making good choices is a never-ending challenge … requiring plain hard work and diligence. We also get a lot of practice, because life requires that we choose between alternatives every hour of the day, every day of our lives. Whether it’s selecting one political candidate over another, filling an important position on the team, deciding how to deal with a difficult situation at work, or simply choosing a habit, such as pouring a bowl of Cheerios rather than Grape-Nuts for breakfast or ordering a latte over frappuccino, we are constantly making choices.
Making choices is a privilege that gives us freedom to mold our lives, a freedom we should never take for granted. Life is filled with pressures that force us to make constant and immediate choices. A life without choices would not be much fun.
Think it’s too late to embrace a new philosophy? Or maybe you’re worried that you can’t make the right choices. It is never too late!
According to psychologist Abraham Maslow, “The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.” Don’t sell yourself short. You can make better choices beginning today to achieve what you want in life tomorrow.