By Aaron Guyett
We are free to make whatever choices we decide, but we are not free from their consequences.
It is our choices that hold the keys to our best life.
Whether it is faith, love, fitness, or feelings, we have much more choice than we think.
Sure there are a lot of things we don’t control, like weather, how other people see us, geo-political climate, and what other people decide, but we control our choice.
That is one of the greatest powers we own, but there are many of us, that have chosen to be the victim.
They have decided to blame the things that happen to them, the way they feel, their lot in life on everybody and everything that happens to them, instead of doing the hard yet rewarding work of taking responsibility for their thoughts, actions, words, and choices.
This is why Innovative Results – The Orange County Fitness Playground – has adopted the “Next one, best one.” Mantra.
We understand that if we make the best choices we can with what we are given, and deliver our very best in each of those choices, they will turn into our best skills, and those skills will turn into our best habits, and those habits will become our best character, improving our quality of life.
Once I understood this concept, I began to see it everywhere in my life.
I see it in all of my relationships.
I see it at work.
I see it in my marriage.
I see it in my family.
I see it in my community
Most of the time, people are looking to blame their misfortune on others or on things out of their control, yet they have no problem staking claim to any bit of success they experience.
Do you see the flaw in the formula?
There is a fundamental flaw in the formula that states everything bad is not my fault, but everything good is all me!
The flaw is a lack of responsibility for the consequences of one’s choices.
When I was dating my wife, there was fireworks! Everything was AWESOME!! (Que the Lego Movie theme song)
For the first few years together, we could do no wrong, but when the romance wore off, I noticed every white spot on the mirror, missing sock in my drawer, and all the other issues I was blind to because of romantic love.
When romance wears off, do we blame the other person or the situation or the things in our lives for the love that is slipping away? (I have done this and I know many of you have done this as well)
But the hard truth is… No.
It isn’t her fault, any more than it is the white speck on the mirror’s fault.
If I want to experience love, I MUST CHOOSE LOVE!
If you want to experience anything worthwhile you must choose it!
Love is a Choice.
Beliefs about people are a Choice.
Beliefs, period, are a Choice.
Faith is a Choice.
Patience is a Choice.
Hard Work is a Choice.
Focus is a Choice.
Health is a Choice.
Fitness is a Choice.
Either I choose love, or I decide to not choose love—every day.
Anything worthwhile will come with a difficult choices, and a very REWARDING CONSEQUENCE.
After choosing something like love after the romance wears off, there are things we must believe, do, think, and have faith in, in order for it to work.
To build the character of a loving husband, I am going to have to proceed with effort and discipline:
• I am going to have to focus on my wife, and meet her needs emotionally and physically.
• I am going to have to believe the best about her in all that she is saying and doing.
• I am going to need faith that she will reciprocate this love on some level or another.
• I am going to need patience when she does not meet my expectations (communicated or not).
• I am going to have to work hard, and even fight for our love and marriage when times get tough.
• I am going to need to be healthy, fit, and clean for her, as a sign of respect and physical love.
• I am going to need to do all of this consistently and intentionally, so she trusts me.
When all of the above is done well, we call that diligence toward love.
The awesome part is that we can do this in any area of our life.
Fitness, Health, Nutrition, Business, Finances, Emotions, Relationships, Faith, Love or Beliefs.
We have more power than most of us choose.
**Be Warned: Once you choose to take responsibility for your choices you may experience happiness, contentment, success, and all other consequences that come with your choices.
Again, Here are the keys to living your BEST LIFE:
• What are you choosing today for your best life?
• What do you need to focus on for your best life?
• What beliefs do you need to have your best life?
• What do you need to have faith in for your best life?
• What do you need to work hard at in order to realize your best life?
• What do you need to have patience with in order to realize your best life?
Now diligently pursue your best life every day in every way that you have given yourself the power to do by answering the above questions.
Your diligent hard work, focused intensity, and patient endurance will be rewarded.
Next one, best one!
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