I love to look up words in my “old” (1983) hard copy of Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. At first glance, it was humorous to note that the definition of choice included “the act of choosing.” And, the definition of choose included “to make a choice!” Reading further, however, I also found that choice means “the voluntary act of selecting or separating from two or more things that which is preferred; or the determination of the mind in preferring one thing to another; the right or power of choosing; care in selecting; judgment or skill in distinguishing what is to be preferred; the best part of anything.” And, the definition of choose includes “to pick out by preference from all available; to select; to prefer; to decide; to exercise the power of choice; to do as one pleases.”
We make choices all the time. Even when we decide there is no choice, we are making a choice. We exercise our power by choosing what we do, who we share our time with, how we feel, what we think about, how we react to situations and circumstances, and how we invest, share and save our money every day, both in business and in life.
So how do we choose? How do we know what is preferred? How clear are we about the results we want from the choices we make? When we choose, how often are we guided by old stories, fear, the inner critic in our heads, habits, or the opinions of others rather than what will bring us success, prosperity, joy, peace and fulfillment?
Choose today to hone your “skill in distinguishing what is to be preferred.” Get clear about what is important to you and what you really want to create. Then, choose those actions, thoughts, and people who can help you make it happen.