Your good and bad choices add up.
Most people make good decisions. The person in the cubicle next to you isn’t a complete idiot. Neither is the lady down the hall, your neighbor or people in general. They know not to play with fire, run with scissors or bungee jump without a bungee cord. And for those that don’t they make the Darwin Awards list.
So why aren’t more people successful? It’s because they fail to make a good choice once in a while. This choice is one that exposes them to a risk or a reward. They pass and choose the opposite choice. Those are the choices that become regrets from time to time.
Look to the successful people in your own life. They aren’t measurably smarter than anyone else, unless of course you run in circles with a lot of Harvard and Ivy League grads. For the majority of us it’s about making a decision that’s out of our comfort zone. Maybe it’s the way you treated a customer, or what you said to a stranger or what you didn’t do to help someone. All of those conscious and unconscious choices were within your power. Maybe you made the wrong choice.
So let’s do some math. Let’s say you make ten choices a day. They could be about work related items, your family or personal choices. Examples; you decide to/not call a client, you decide to/not honor a promise to a family member or you decide to/not have another cigarette. Those are choices.
Possible positive outcomes, the client is happy you kept your appointment and you are able to seal the deal, your bond with your loved one becomes stronger and more trust is built and you don’t step outside to have the smoke and allow your body to heal.
Possible negative outcomes, client is annoyed and goes elsewhere, your loved one pulls away and decides not to share with you and you cut seven more minutes off of your life with each smoke you take.
You see, these are just choices. When you analyze it, it would seem so simple and so easy and yet we all make bad choices.
If you make eight of ten good choices in a day that’s two hundred and forty good choices in a month out of three hundred chances. Good job! But what if you only make six good choices a day? That’s only one hundred and eighty out of three hundred. Now multiply that by twelve months. You’ll start to see a glaring separation between those that are successful and those who struggle.
The successful aren’t lucky, they just make two more good choices a day. The trick is, to identify those opportunities. Do you know who is good at identifying those opportunities and who is not? I’ll give you two choices.