The Power of Choice

It’s amazing to me how a life can change so dramatically by making a single choice.

So, we are just a few months into living in Costa Rica and my life looks nothing like it did before. I’m more active, more social, I eat healthier and I’ve got gratitude seeping out of every pore. We’re spending less but feel richer. I get up in the morning filled with anticipation and excitement. Sure, there are things that aren’t perfect, and maybe it’s the rose-colored-lenses that are affixed to my perception of things, but I’ll take it!

One single choice changed everything.

I’m not special. The one thing we all have in common is that we have the ability to choose. Now, granted, we may not all have the ability to pick up our lives and move across the globe, but we get to make choices every minute of every day.

Are the choices you’re making bringing you closer to the person you want to be and the life you want to live, yes or no?

How are you spending your time? Who are you spending your time with? How do you talk to yourself? How do you treat others? How do you look at the world? What information do you take in? Are you putting positive, uplifting messages into your life, or are you filling your mind-space with fearful, hateful influences? Do you see the beauty all around you or focus on all that needs to change? Are you setting healthy boundaries for yourself? Are you caring for yourself the way you would care for someone you truly love and respect? Do you tell the people you love that you love them? Do you show them in a way that they would experience being loved? Are you holding on to old hurts and grudges and resentments or have you let them go? Are you focused on all you have or focused on all you don’t?

Choices. All choices that each one of us can make that can transform our experience of ourselves and our lives.

You are far more powerful than you know. Your choices matter.

We can craft a life of choices or we can spend our lives in survival mode; simply reacting to the stimulus around us. Which yields the best results?

Choose your best you. Your best life. Don’t rob yourself of what could be, to settle for what is. Own your power.

Choose wisely. 

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Kimberly Davis
Kimberly Davis
An expert on authentic leadership, Kimberly Davis shares her inspirational message of personal power, responsibility, and impact with organizations across the country and teaches leadership programs world-wide; most notably, her program “OnStage Leadership” which runs in NYC and Dallas, TX. Additionally, Kimberly teaches for Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Cox School of Business’s Executive Education Program's Transformational Leadership Program and their Latino Leadership Initiative. She is also privileged to teach for the Bush Institute’s WE Lead Program (empowering female leaders from the Middle East). Kimberly is a TEDx speaker and her book, Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Authentic, and Powerful Self to Get the Results You Need, is the 2019 winner of the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Business and Career; an Amazon Bestseller in Business Leadership, Business Motivation, and Self-Improvement, and Motivational Business Management; and was named as the number one book to read in Inc. Magazine’s “The 12 Most Impactful Books to Read in 2018,” with a cover-endorsement by best-selling author Daniel Pink.

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  1. I frequently listen to Yonason Goldson’s ethics talks. One of the classical ethical dilemmas that I think everybody have heard of is pondering whether it is ethical to kill one person in order to save five other lives. The answer comes down to whether non-action is as much of an action as doing something.

    Reading your article, Kimberly, I saw a parallel to the choosing/not-choosing conundrum: Does not-choosing equal choosing the status quo? If so, it means that we should look at all the positive things we can attribute to the status quo with the same “rational” as we put into the alternatives.

    “Do you see the beauty all around you or focus on all that needs to change?”

  2. Kimberly,
    These are such powerful words here: “You are far more powerful than you know. Your choices matter.” I believe that sometimes we just don’t feel like we have a choice. When we sit inside our ‘victim’ self talk, we give up all of our power to choose. These reminders are critical in reshaping our thoughts inside the questions we ask ourselves. We all have choices…sometimes is takes courage, confidence, wisdom and grace. #yourchoicesmatter

    • Thanks so much, Carolyn. You know a thing or two about making powerful choices for yourself. How did you make the choice to move and how did you land on Portugal?

  3. Making a decision, from the most trivial to the most important, is actually a constant of our existence and is what helps us to grow, change, evolve. Choosing necessarily requires taking responsibility for the consequences of your choice, accepting the “share of risk” inherent in our daily actions. And it is precisely the fear of consequences, one of the reasons why, often, many people live with strong anxiety and concern any kind of choice.

    • You bring up such a good point, Aldo, that it’s the fear of consequences that keeps us, so often, from choosing. But we rarely look at the consequences for not choosing. Which are so much more corrosive in my mind as they ebb away at our self belief and sense of possibility.