We must master the choice challenge. We must choose the life we want from all of life’s possibilities. If we don’t, we run the risk of pursuing goals, buying things, and investing our time the way our boss, significant other, parents, children, neighbors, and advertisers think is best – for them. We’ve all heard tales of industrialist dads, pushing their artist children to follow in their footsteps. Certainly what we choose to do should benefit others, but has to mean progress for us, too.
People are attempting to persuade us all the time – to sell us on their ideas – their goals for our lives! But it’s not really a choice of being sold or not being sold. It’s simply a choice of whom you are going to be sold by, either yourself or the outside world.
“Problems arise in that you have to find a balance between what people need from you and what you need for yourself.” ---- Jessye Norman
It’s not that the suggestions that others offer are “bad” ways for us to invest our time. A major challenge to progressing in life is that we’ve got a whole bunch of super-attractive things we can choose to do. For better or worse, life in this age is a smorgasbord, an all-you-can-live buffet of yummy choices. Not all the choices on life’s smorgasbord are right for us, however, and not all are healthy, or filling.
Contributed by: Dean Lindsay, Award Winning Speaker and Author of The Progress Challenge & Co-Author of Stepping Stones to Success