Over the years I have come to believe that life is about choices. And the choices you make eventually shape your day, shape your views, shape your experiences, shape your thoughts and shape your life…
There are some life choices over which you have no control or which others will make for you – like when and where you are born, the family you are born to, your life during childhood, the school you went to, etc. etc. etc.
Beyond that, there are several other important choices that you make in life. In this blog, I have articulated the most significant choices which have the potential to transform your life.
1. The Choice to Learn
Learning is a choice which you make consciously or unconsciously. This could be through formal college education (Graduation, Post-Graduation, etc.) or self-learning through reading and books, observation, online tutorials, meaningful discussions, pursuit of hobbies, human interactions, personal experiences, reflections, self-realizations, etc. In the long run, the importance you personally associate with learning and how disciplined you are in your learning efforts can potentially transform your life.
2. The Choices in and of Relationships
The closeness or distances you choose to maintain with family (immediate and beyond) affects your life. In addition, the friends you choose to make and how you choose to nurture these bonds over a period of time impacts your life. More importantly, the choice of your life partner has a significant bearing on how your life will eventually turn out. And lastly, the choice of how you build and nurture other relationships in your personal and professional life makes a difference.
3. The Choice on the importance you associate with your Personal Health
Your overall health is a function of many things – the key determinants being the diet you consume and the nature of exercise you ensure on a regular basis. Of course, the pre-requisite is that you need to be aware about these two aspects on your every-day life and knowledgeable on how they affect your life. Beyond this, you need to ensure that you invest the required time and effort to eat wisely and exercise regularly.
4. The Choice of the Place you Reside
The place you live affects every dimension of your life, whether or not you acknowledge it. And place includes every dimension of your immediate environment – encompassing the milieu at home, to the exact location in terms of geographic co-ordinates – the latitude and longitude, to the weather, to the people living in your vicinity, to the community life, to the availability of resources, etc. etc. etc.
All these affect your daily routine, your lifestyle, your social networks, your productivity, your outlook to life, your opinions, your views, your judgments, your energy, your creativity, your thoughts….
5. The Choice with respect to your Personal Finances
Your choices on the importance you give to personal finance will eventually determine the quality of your life. Beginning from how much time and effort you put into understanding personal finances, to how much financial planning you do, to how much you earn, to how much you save, to how much you invest and most importantly to how frequently you review your finances and make the required course corrections.
6. The Choice to bear Children & how you decide to raise them
Children mark the beginning of a new phase in your life – one which changes almost every dimension of your life. And once you have children, you need to make choices in their upbringing – both minor and major. And all the choices you make for them will eventually determine how they grow and evolve! After all, children of today are the grown-ups of tomorrow. And how you nurture your children will ultimately reflect in what they make of themselves and the mark they leave in the world – and this will be part of your legacy.
7. The Choice on your Life Priorities
At some time in the journey of life, you have to be clear and decide on your life priorities and also rank them in an ascending order. There’s no right or wrong here – it’s just a personal choice. It’s vital to be cognizant that for every priority you choose, there are implications – both big and small, both positive and negative, both in how they will affect your life today and several years from now.
8. The Choice of your Vocation and Organization
The vocation you choose affects many dimensions of your life – from what your daily routine is, to how happy you are, to how much you earn, to the kind of people you interact with, to the kind of impact you can make in your sphere of influence… and based on the choice of your vocation, you also make a choice on the kind of organization that you work for – be it self-employed or as an employee.
9. The Choice of how you Value Time – both Yours and Others
Time is one of the most valuable personal assets for any individual. And the respect, importance and value you associate with your time and others time will reflect in how you conduct yourself, how you interact with others and how others will respond to you. One of the direct implications of this choice is how you choose to react and respond in any given situation or circumstance in life.
10. The Choice on your Spiritual Journey
One of the most important choices which you make in life is connected to your spiritual awareness, growth and journey. And what’s significant is the significance you associate with this journey and the personal commitment you make to progress and advance in this journey.
11. The Choice of how you Value Yourself
This choice of how you value yourself can create a metamorphosis in your life. And this one single choice has the potential to change your acuity of yourself, your self-confidence, your dreams, your goals, your successes and also others perceptions of you. It is one of the most noteworthy and transformational choices anyone can make in life.
12. The Choice not to Choose
Last and most importantly, the choice not to make a choice in any of the above or any other key aspect of your life is again a choice that has the potential to transform your life…
Ending words of wisdom – Make your Choices Wisely Today!
This post is dedicated to my parents. Thank You Amma & Nana for making the right choices for me & for providing unconditional support in all the life choices that I have made!
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26 thoughts on “12 Choices to Transform Your Life”
Thank you for this wonderful post…we are “truly” the product of our thoughts, actions and our choices thereafter. The areas you specify are crucial for anyone to address in their lives. i have been readjusting my choices with alot of thought, resources and a some counsel. Thank you for the post and I look forward to some more of your food for thought. Happy New Year…Happy New “You” 2K12
Great reminders, Drew, about the power of thoughts…peace.
Thanks drew.. Positive feedback is encouraging to any writer.. And glad that you liked this post.. Good Luck for 2012 and Choose wisely :)
Great information and well written!
Such a great reminder that it’s “Choice” that runs our lives. Key word is Choice! Some people get caught up with external stimuli that they forget they still have the power to control their thoughts and behaviors and not be under control by anything outside of their environment.
Brandon – Your so right. Its about perspective and what you tend to focus on.. While there are several things beyond your locus of control – you can either continue to worry and focus on them; or be positive and invest energies on things that will make a difference
that was deep :)
Very good observations. Thanks for offering this
Everything begins with “choice”. We have a choice to standstill and a choice to grow. If we choose growth, many other wonderful choices open up before us. Thankyou for covering this important topic.
be good to yourself
Hi David – Thanks for taking the time to read and your thoughtful comment… Openness is key – Open eyes, ears, mind, perspectives – Can change what opens up in front of us :)
Thank you for this post! Choices are the only think that makes all unique. The path we choose or don’t choose are what defines us.
Yes Cheryl Thats so true.. The choices in terms of what and how you think, how you act, react and respond – All make a difference in your life.. And define you
this is so true…
the best choice one can make is to act..
be a person of action… in whatever endeavour you chose..
from this chice…, massive wisdom will come…
So true Jack… Think, Act, Take Responsibility for your action, Learn & Move On
This is right up my alley! We are defined by the choices we make, since they lead to actions. Both define who we are as a person. We need to make life choices that lead us to live a life of meaning. Great stuff. Thanks! Jon
Thanks Jon for stopping by.. and your kind words
I love the way this article really focuses on choice. Choice is what it is all about. Just by being aware that we always have choice gives a boost of self confidence power to our lives. I often hear people talk of being their circumstances whilst choosing to be victims, however I like to believe that we always have choice on how we react to situations. Any negative situation can have a positive side if we choose to look at things differently with a flexible way of thinking. Really enjoyed this article. Simple, straight to the point and very relevant. Thank you Nischala,
Thanks Paul.. You always have a choice – In what you think, how you speak, react and respond.. And just by making the right choices here – you can change your life
Great Post I will recommend this post to some of my counseling clients! As a psychotherapist, I have seen too often people caught up in “have tos” and “shoulds” and then they feel they have no choices. We choose bitterness just as we choose gratitude. We can even chose to be victors over our unhealthy thoughts instead of victims.
Thanks Judy.. That’s indeed a honor.. If someone somewhere can benefit from my writings, that would be a wonderful thing to happen… I think if you choose to thing RIGHT and POSITIVE… all Good and Positive will happen
Great things to think about! Loved this post.
finally i chose my life’s priorities and health. indeed it can transform our lives. I’m so much happier these days than when career was my priority!
Glad to hear that.. Stay healthy and happy :)
Keep up the good work. Freedom is about choices and we are oppressed by so many things simply because we do not give them due attention. Peace and godspeed on your journey.
Great points. I think that once people realise that everything in life is about choice then, as you point out, they can toally transform their lives. It is all about taking 100% personal responsibility for everything that is going on in our lives – and then choosing change.