Hope, Happiness, Excellence… It’s all a Matter of Choice!

Hope is a decision we make…

Greek philosopher Aristotle expressed that “excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny”, a sentiment that was later echoed by American politician William Jennings Bryan when he stated “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

Both men believed that our path and course in life is won through the choices that we make! Did you know that? Do you believe it?

I believe it… yet I often see so many others who doubt their own power to choose. They opt to remain in hopeless situations that range from dead-end jobs to abusive marriages.

Let me share a recent experience with you. I took a position in a work environment that was blatantly toxic. The poison running through that place was evident by the various employees taking a cocktail of prescription medications just to make it through the workday. They thought I was strange that I believed in changing the environment, and I wondered how they could stand to remain in such a state. I urged them to believe in their own personal power to create a positive present. However, they doubted their capacity to make a difference. I spent day in and day out trying to bolster their courage and belief in their own abilities, until it struck me that the change would not and could not occur until…

Until, they made a choice.

Whether you know it or not, hope is indeed a choice. For example:

  • Do you allow negative situations to roll off or do you hold on to them?
  • Do you engage or disengage with people who think and speak negative?
  • Do you believe that your circumstances are hopeless or changeable?

For each question, notice there is an option.

After reading this, I hope you walk away with determination to examine the areas of your own life where you undermine and discredit your ability to make a choice.

And may you make the effort to consciously choose happiness, peace, and positivity. But remember, when things come your way and attempt to rob that positivity, may you have the conviction to refuse the negativity or misery.

Life According to Me,

Dr. Donna