We all have a truly powerful gift. Most people are unaware that this gift exists, some have a partial awareness, and then there are those who have mastered this gift.
I am of course talking about the power to choose. It is THE greatest power that every human being posseses. Everything in our experience begins with the way we choose to see and experience our existence.
In life, we can either live as if everything is happening to us, including thoughts and feelings, or we can act from a place of volition; as if our internal faculties are a muscle which we can exercise and fully utilise.
Whether it is choosing what to do next, or deciding how we respond to the events that life can throw at us, we are never ever at the mercy of those things. If it appears that way, you need to know it’s just an illusion.
This topic is by no means new, I’ve been talking about it for the better part of 15 years and yet it is sometimes paramount to return to the beginning, to really remember where we have come from, so that we can remind ourselves of where we are going.
For me, Unlimited Choice is all about constantly reminding myself of the prolific power we have within. It’s the ability to choose and define our experience as we go along.
The ability to deliberately decide what we pay attention to is by far and away the best thing to ever happen to us; and even that happening, was a choice.
Control is also an illusion. Exercising your power to choose is not about being in control, it’s about knowing when to control, and when to totally let go. It’s about choosing the amount you wish to control and deciding how much you want to let go.
For any given event we can either react or we can choose to respond according to our values. We are conditioned and we are programmed and we can also decide how much we wish to unprogramme, or reprogramme ourselves.
Living in reaction leads to feelings of despair, hopelessness, blame, victimhood. If that’s what you want your life to be all about, then read no further.
However if that is not good enough for you. If you don’t want to settle for the mundane, and you wish to truly empower yourself, feel alive and feel like life is a gift, then stay with me and allow me to offer some tools to help you do that.
If the majority of your life is lived in the space of reaction, and you want to embark on a journey of realising and exercising your power to choose then here are some wonderful and ways that you can do that.
1. Every morning, digest your favorite quote and remind yourself of it throughout the day. If you use your smartphone as an alarm, you may be able to write an alarm message, if so, write your quote on there so that it is the first thing you see when you wake up.
A couple of quote suggestions for you. (You can find many more quotes also on the quotes page – https://www.unlimitedchoice.org/blog/quotes/
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space, and in that space is our power to choose, therein lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor Frankl
“The most dangerous risk of all – The risk of spending your life not doing what you want, on the best you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar
2. Fix a time to meditate every single day and stick to it rigourously! Be it morning, evening, before bed, lunchtime, it doesn’t matter when, just that you stick to it. Allow a minimum of 6 minutes but strive for 15 – 20 minutes to begin with and build on that.
During that time don’t allow your thoughts to wander to every day things. This is the time you use to control and channel your thoughts. Get focussed and do your absolute best to keep you from wandering. When it does, bring it back to now.
3. Create your own life algorythms and write them down daily. What do I mean by life algorythms? Statements that definte the patterns by which you are going to live.
Some examples of ones I’ve written for myself.
There is nothing I have to do – only what I choose to do.
What has happened was meant to be, what could happen is up to me.
Use mine or make up your own. Write them down and remind yourself of them regularly. Have them somewhere you can access them easily and frequently. Send them to yourself as a text message. Save them in large bold font on dropbox.
This is just a starting point. These are some simple ways you can being that wonderful journey now of living consciously and using your power to choose. I warn you it won’t be easy. It takes the spirit of a warrior to embark on this process. You will have ups, downs, be criticised, judged, and you will go through internal turmoil like you’ve never experienced before.
Stick with it, don’t ever give up and know that the journey never ends, this is a decision for life, not somewhere you get to to, but an ongoing process. It’s a lifestyle choice and a remarkable one!