The Power of Choice

By Ted Behr, M. Ed., CPCC, ACC

Life is made up of choices: big choices and little choices.  We usually think about making big choices: deciding to look for a new job or to get married or to move to a new location.    But day-to-day, hour-to-hour, even minute-to-minute, we are making hundreds of small choices: what kind of cereal to eat at breakfast; what clothes to put on; what route to take to work.

Then there are what I would call medium choices, ones that will have an impact but probably won’t change your life: what to get your wife for her birthday; how to tell your husband you banged up the car; how much money to put in your retirement account each month.

The quality of your life is determined by the choices that you make.  Norman Vincent Peale said this about the power of choice. “The greatest power we have is the power of choice.”

Choosing is the most important activity of your mind, because by making a choice, you are proclaiming your desires to your subconscious mind.  Once the subconscious mind gets to know your desires, it is going to do anything to manifest them in your life. So it is critical that you make clear, conscious choices.

Indecision, on the other hand, not only creates frustration and anxiety, but can also confuse the subconscious mind about what you want.  And the choices that we make unconsciously result in the subconscious mind manifesting all sorts of things that we really don’t want.  (See my article Watch out for the Gremlin!! for a discussion of how to make your choices more consciously.)

Finally, it is important that the choices you make are made in accordance with your true values, purpose and vision. A lot of us let others make choices for us, or make our choices according to what we think is “correct.”  What is right for someone else may not be right for you, and the way to know this is listening to what your heart says.

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