Today and everyday you have an opportunity for greatness. How do we get to greatness? You have one of three decisions to make. They are:
Chance: The possibility of something happening. Which means you are just sitting around waiting for something to happen. Maybe it will happen maybe it wont. Sometimes chance can be a good thing as long as you are working to put yourself in places or situations where “chance” is more likely to occur. But if you are hoping by chance that your next promotion will just happen because you have been on the job the longest, or your next in line, this is not a very good strategy. Don’t wait for chance, prepare and decide.
Coercion: Out of the three C’s I would say this is the one that I worry about the most. Which is why I try to stay in front of it. Coercion is the act of forcing another party to act in an involuntary manner. How can coercion impact you? It can come in two forms. It can be Psychological or Physical. Lets hope that nothing physical happens to you, but it could.
Sometimes things happen in our lives that force us to make decisions that we wouldn’t have made otherwise. I do a lot of interviewing of people for jobs. Some interviewees are looking for their next career path and an opportunity in the space I am in and some are just looking for a job because they lost their other job and need to pay the bills. They have no desire to really do what we would require them to do, and they really don’t want to do it, but because of their current condition they have to take whatever they can get. Don’t get caught up here. Don’t allow external factors forced upon you to guide your decisions. Be proactive and intentionally pursue your own decisions.
Choice: The last C is choice. We all know what it means to make a choice and decide to do something. It just means more and it will most likely lead to a desirable outcome that we envision for ourselves because we are controlling it. However, you have to make a choice for your choices to make you.
What do you want to do, where do you want to be, how much do you want to make, where do you want to live, what do you want to do, who do you want to do it with? All of these are choices we can make, and we can make them every second, every hour, every day, and every year. Make a choice and decide what is important to you and go after it. If you don’t know how to do it, ask somebody that has done it before, if they can’t tell you how they did it, ask someone else.
As we wrap up 2014 and are thinking about our goals for 2015, what choices are you going to make? What do you want to accomplish? Don’t sit around and wait for a chance, don’t let some external factor coerce you in to making a decision, choose where you want to go and where you want to be, and go do it.
To your success and your future.