"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of CHOICE; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." (William Jennings Bryan)

From the time we wake up and decide whether or not to take those extra minutes of sleep, our waking day is constantly spent making choices.
Every choice can lead to either a road of success or a path of mediocrity and it is our responsibility to be mindful of the choices we make. To think that we can drift along the sea of life is erroneous for even the decision not to decide is a choice that was made. Everything in life begins with a choice and nothing can happen without a decision being made first.

Some people become beleaguered by choices and fear decision-making because they actually fear the responsibility associated with it. If you remember to learn from your mistakes, better yourself with your actions, and maintain a focus on personal growth, any choice you make can have a positive outcome. You ultimately even have a choice on how to look at the results of a situation and you should learn to see choices as opportunities for greater things and catalysts for change. You are always only one choice away from a new beginning and how you launch yourself forward may determine what kind of a life you create for yourself.

Sometimes we are not aware of the choices we make and we feel we are acting automatically. Unless these are essential actions (like digesting food, shivering in the cold, or getting tired after a long day) which are naturally controlled by our reptilian brain, our automatic actions are actually just habits. If these habits are good, then the decision is easy: don’t change. If the habit is a bad one that leads us away from our dreams and goals then it is our duty to make the necessary choices to change the bad habit and thus be aware of the choices we make.

Unfortunately, we often find ourselves making promises to ourselves (“I will quit smoking” or “I will stick to this diet till I reach my idea weight”) only to find that our corresponding actions do not fall in line with those goals. Either we don’t even put our decisions into action or we begin along a certain path only to later falter back into our negative routines.

Remember: everything is always a choice. You have the choice to see yourself in a positive light. You have a choice to be confident about the decisions you need to make. You have a choice about how to accept the responsibility of your decisions and you have a choice on how to manage the outcomes of your decisions.

As Victor Frankl once said: “The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.”

The following are some pointers on how to make the most of the choices available to you:

• Choose to focus on the positive rather than the negative.
• Never be afraid of a choice for even a mistake is an opportunity for you to be wiser today than you were yesterday.
• Don’t hold yourself back by past mistakes. The quality of your choices is directly related to how much you learn from your previous ones and how much you seize the present moment.
• No matter what the situation is, you always have a choice, even if only the choice of attitude.
• Use your intuition to make the right choices: if it feels right, go for it.
• Don’t let your mind take too much control of your choices for it will only keep you thinking when you should be doing.
• You create what happens to you by the choices you make so always be aware of those choices.
• Ask yourself: will my choice bring me good outcomes? Positive energy? Peace? Increased energy? Happiness? Etc…
• Project clearly by being perfectly explicit about what your decision is and what type of result or outcome you want from a choice you make.
• Think about the benefit to the greatest number of people: If you can help others get what they want, they will be more willing to help you get what you need.
• Begin today. Even the choice to choose well is a choice.

Author's Bio: 

Albert Garoli is a proficient health practitioner, medical researcher, and educator. He is a specialist in Ayurvedic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbology, Biophysics, and Homotoxicology. Currently, he is teaching in the Italian College of Osteopathy (C.I.O) as well as the Italian School for Oriental Medicine (ScuolaTao), in convention with University Sapienza of Rome. He is also the director of the Holonomics cooperative project. His many years of experience have brought him to a revolutionary understanding of human neurobiology which is clearly explained in his new book: The Evolutionary Glitch.