The Choices We Make Have Consequences. Change Your Life One Decision At A Time

I was reading a new book that I received in the mail yesterday called, “8 Attributes of Great Achievers“, written by Cameron C. Taylor.  The book examines the lives of famous historical figures and gives light to attributes that they shared that helped to make them successful in life.

It’s a great read that I would highly recommend.

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The book begins by looking at one basic attribute that great achievers possess, they are responsible.

The price of greatness is responsibility – Winston Churchill

A lot of people don’t want to be responsible for the choices they make, and they often don’t want to admit that their decisions have real life consequences.  Try as you might, you can’t escape the consequences of your decisions, whether good or bad.

Every choice carries a consequence.  For better or worse, each choice is the unavoidable consequence of its predecessor.   There are not exceptions.  If you can accept that a bad choice carries the seed of its own punishment, why not accept the fact that a good choice yields desirable fruit?  – Gary Ryan Blair

In the book Taylor describes how the consequences of our choices are directly related to the decisions that we’ve made – and often times people think they can make bad decisions and escape the consequences of those decisions.   They want someone to rescue them from their bad choices (s0und familiar in this day and age?) but often there’s no one there to help:

With each choice comes a consequence.  No amount of rationalizing or complaining will alter the consequence.   If you pick up one end of a stick (choice), you also pick up the other end of the stick (consequence of that choice).

There is a human desire to be miraculously delivered from the consequences of an action.  We tend to seek a rescue from consequences with little or no effort on our part.  This tendency can easily be seen manifested by those who have incurred large amounts of debt and then seek to be delivered from the bondage  and obligation of repayment through bankruptcy, or those who seek deliverance from a disease of choice by taking a pill to treat the symptoms instead of changing the behavior that causes the symptoms.  We should seek to change our actions because we cannot choose the consequences.  We must accept responsibility.

Through a responsible use of our freedom to choose our path in life and by making the right choices (instead of sometimes the easy or convenient choice), we will help ourselves to succeed.  Make a bad choice, you’ll get a negative consequence.  Make the right decisions and in the long run you’ll prosper.

The Power Of Choice

The greatest power that a person possesses is the power to choose. – J. Martin Kohe

There is great power in being able to make choices in our life.  We have the choice of what kind of life we’ll live, and what type of person we want to be.  We aren’t just a result of how our parents treated us or a product of our environment.   We are a result of the choices we make every day.

There are so many choices that we can make.

  • We can choose if we’ll reflect our environment, or if we affect our environment.
  • We can choose to be happy, or not.
  • We can choose how we react to hard times in our life, with positivity or negativity.
  • We can choose to take responsibility for our actions, or blame others for our failures.
  • We can choose to be a victor or take on the role of a victim.

What choices are you making in your life?  Are they the ones that result in positive consequences?

Change Your Life By Being Responsible

By being responsible for our own lives, and being accountable for the decisions we’ve made we can change our lives for the better.  We can make the choice to be happy, and make a decision to react positively to all of life’s situations.  We can take control and be a victor and not a victim.  So what choices are you making today?

Last Edited: 11th April 2014

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  1. Diamond says

    Thank you for this post. It is encouraging and truly speaks to where I am at this point in my life. Funny, we teach our children the choices they make in this life are vital. I tell mine; “You can choose the sin, you can’t choose the consequence.” Interesting how as adults we want to block that out. Thanks for the reminder. I’ve added the book to my summer reading list.

  2. says

    at a certain point in time i wanted to be like the guy on the top right hand corner of the picture in this post but after sometime, getting rich and powerful somehow seemed to loose its lustre. I guess the oracle of omaha should be applauded for being so one-minded at wealth creation.

  3. says

    Thanks Peter for this interesting post.

    In a book on wealth creation I read four years ago, the first chapters were devoted to “taking responsibility”. As I ponder on it, that ‘s just the right focus because nothing gets changed when we don’t take full responsibility for our lives. If we blame others we accept that we don’t have control. Other people control us.

    Some of us were born poor and it’s not our fault. But it’s our fault if we die poor. So, four years ago, I decided to take full responsibility of my life particularly my much neglected financial health.

    Jose – Christian Business´s last post ..Kingdom Business Principle #1

  4. says

    Great inside! Our choices are actually reflects our future and personality. I think i would have to go for this book “8 attributes of great achievers”

  5. jeannette says

    may I reprint a portion of this article to include in some information to give to women considering abortion as I work as a sidewalk counselor?

  6. says

    I love, love, love, LOVE this! I always try to remember that while I can’t control anyone else’s actions, I always can control my own – no matter how crummy the situation is.

    We’ve definitely become a society that doesn’t step up and take responsibility for our actions. We’re addicted to a quick and easy lifestyle and it’s effects are evident everywhere (I mean, I’m totally not exempt either).

    I also love that you pointed out that we can choose to be happy or not. I struggle with that one all the time, but at the end of the day, that’s a huge indicator of the type of person you are.

    • says

      I completely agree that it can be a big indicator of what type of person that you are, how you decide to react in any given situation, and as I mentioned above whether you choose to reflect or affect your environment.

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