One of my favorite holiday tasks is selecting a motivational book to give to many of my business associates. I look forward to it every year. As the months pass, I listen to what people around me are saying. What are their frustrations? What is impacting them? What do they lose sleep over? Every year it's a little different.
This year, the common thread was choices. Little choices. Big choices. Time-consuming choices. Life-changing choices. Scary choices. Every time I turned around it seemed like someone was struggling with this issue - including myself!
As I was scanning the titles, a few stood out. I ordered three different samples. When they arrived on my doorstep back in November, it didn't take long to realize which book to select this year: One Choice by Mac Anderson from Simple Truths. The subtitle really resonated with me...
"You're always one choice away from changing your life."
Does it ring true with you, as well?
Every day we have choices. Each one of those choices impacts our lives. Is it going to be positive or negative?
The scary choices are the hardest. Fear can totally immobilize you.
During my career, I've had many difficult choices - some of them very scary. Some of my choices would not only impact me - but my team members as well.
I remember one such circumstance. It was terrifying...
In a relatively short period, we had grown the business tremendously. It was exciting. It was exhilarating. We were teaching 20 to 30 students at a time and grooming well over 80 dogs every day. Our sales catapulted to over a million dollars. We were on top of the world.
And then with one phone call - it came to a screeching halt.
I remember the fear. I was absolutely paralyzed by it. I had put most of my eggs into one large corporate training account basket. We were a year into a seven-year contract. But there was a loophole in the contract and they decided to go in a different direction. We would no longer be providing training services for them.
What was I going to do? What choices could I make? How could I save the business? What was I going to tell my team? How would we handle the clients?
Fear gripped me like never before. I couldn't move. I could not make a decision. I remember being totally overcome with fear - and tears. I was on the verge of losing most things I had worked hard to create. My business. My team. My home.
Luckily, my core team stayed close. They picked me up, helping me regain the courage to make a choice. To make a plan.
Over the next six months I had many choices to make. Many were not choices I wanted but they had to be made. Ultimately, we arrived back to the million-dollar point in sales in less than four years.
Opportunities presented themselves with every choice I made. Many of those choices changed the direction of my life and my businesses. At the time, I had one business. Today I have six with many divisions within each of them.
Today, your life is directed by the choices you've made. Are you happy with those choices or would you like your life to go on a slightly different path? You alone can set a different course if you have the courage to do so. It starts with one choice to make a difference. Making one choice will lead to opportunities to make more choices.
- Are you happy with your health? If not, make one choice to improve it.
- Is your career going in the direction you dreamed about? If it's not, make one choice to improve it.
- Is your personal relationship fulfilling? If it's not, make one choice to improve it.
- How do you interact with your family? Is it supportive, warm, and loving? If it's not, make one choice to improve it.
- Do you have a positive outlook with your attitude towards life? If not, make one choice to improve it.
- Are you reaching your business goals in a manner that is rewarding? If not, make one choice to improve it.
Ultimately, you control your life by the choices you make. Growth will only happen when you stretch beyond your comfort zone and make choices.
When selecting my motivational holiday books, sometimes they are as much for myself as the recipient. This was one of those years!
As I head into 2017, I'm excited about the choices I have before me. Many of them deal with my companies. Others deal with my personal health. Both my companies and my personal health could certainly use some improvement. The choice is mine to change it. To improve it. To improve them.
What choices are you contemplating to make a positive change your life? Don't over think it - just do it. The choice is yours.
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