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Choice is a big word for a lot of people and choice involves decision making. Some people find decision making hard to do. There are just too many choices. What kind of life to live, what kind of relationship to have, what kind of food to eat, etc. It can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. We, as people, are our own worst enemy.

In todays society we are bombarded with information through all our devices. We filter out what is important and what is not. Every single time we decide something in life, it shapes who we are as a person. Some suggest that we make approximately 35,000 decisions/day. We sleep on average of 7 hours daily, so that doesn’t leave much time to make all those decisions.

Making good choices will affect us in positive and negative ways. Some can have very negative consequences down the road. These choices will have eventually led us to becoming the person we are today. There are short term choices which generally give us immediate gratification and then there are the longer term choices that we see the benefits from over time.

When you’re making these choices in life, knowing your purpose and goals will point you in the right direction every time. Ask yourself, if the choice you are about to make will bring you closer or farther away from your goals. This will help clean the clutter out of your life almost instantly and the decision making will become a lot easier.

An example, would be looking for a job as a driver:

Before you even put a resume out, if you don’t know what you want, how is an employer going to know what you want?

  1. Do you want a short or long haul job?
  2. What do you want to haul?
  3. What type of work do you want to do?
  4. How often do you want to be home?
  5. How much money do you want to make?
  6. Do you want to go to the USA or just Canada?

Wouldn’t the interview process go much smoother and faster if you knew ahead of time what you wanted? Then when you’re offered something that doesn’t fit within your criteria list, you just say “NO”. That is called choice my friends. It’s yours to make. This gives you a set of values and standards.

Everyone has a choice. In the grand scheme of life, we are only on this earth for a very short time. So why consume yourself with the things that don’t really matter at the end of the day. Define your goals and purpose and get it done!

I’m reminded of a story about choice that I will share with you. Because of things I have done in my own life, I often think back to the last 30 years. I started out as a truck driver because I wanted to. A business owner, a trainer, a father, and so on. All the choices I made throughout those years brought me to the place I am at right now.

When I look back on some of the negative choices I made at the time, I had no idea that they were lessons to be learned, to bring me into the present. Spirit has a way of directing you towards your destiny. You must be grateful and watch for the signs. They are always there. We must be conscious of them and what we are doing in order to see them. It’s like having a guiding light so to speak for every person on this planet.

You also have a story, and know all to well what negative choices you have made along the way in your life. Like mine, they have impacted you. Remember, they are lessons to be learned, and will guide you down road in your life.

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Dana G. Smith, CC

Dana G Smith CC is a Certified Relationship Coach/Consultant and co-creator of The Mindful Trucker Institute, helping companies and professional drivers with better Health, Safety, and Wellness.