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Episode 251: Wisdom and Choice

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Today, I am going to be talking about wisdom and choice.  

A quote from William Jennings Bryan. 

“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.” 

In life, we always have a choice, even when we don't feel we do. 

When I forget that I have a choice, what happens is that I am making myself a victim to life's circumstances, or to even life itself.  

Choice is the freedom to see things as we desire, feel what we want, and live as we create our lives to be.  

So, the question is, are you happening to life or is life happening to you?  

Now, I firmly believe that I am the copilot in my life. But the chief pilot in my life is the universe.  

And I choose for it to be that way because the universe is infinite, whereas me, just of myself, am finite. 

In each moment, I can choose how I want to experience life.  

I can choose how I want to experience life, and I always want to be reminding others to do the same. 

Another way to think of this in terms of choice is when you choose consciously, you are at the cause of your life. And consequently, when you choose unconsciously, you are at the effect of your life. 

Jen Sincero from the Badass Books, she talks about the big snore, which is how so many of us are just going through our lives sleeping. 

We're not as I like to call it, using our minds to govern our brains to make sure that we are making the wisest and the most conscious choices in our life each day so that we can create the best future for ourselves.  

Victor Frankel, a survivor from the Holocaust, talks about in his book how, yes, he was a prisoner. But he still had freedom, the freedom within his head, and that's how he stayed alive.  

By choosing to choose, to open yourself up, you are moving, even just in making that choice, you are moving from catabolic energy, that energy that eats away at you, that is almost decomposes you, as opposed to moving into that anabolic energy, which is that energy of Expansion.  

And again, reminding you that the universe wants you to expand. 

The universe wants you to achieve. Why? Because as you get bigger, it gets bigger.  

You are a part of it. It is a part of you. So again, by choosing to choose, to make conscious choice, you open yourself up to moving from catabolic energies to anabolic energies. 

Now I'm going move into wisdom and the concept that each of us is greater and wiser than we appear.  

A quote from Bruce D. Schneider, who is the founding of IPEC coaching. 

He says, “Look past your reflection in the mirror and see the truth. I am always, and in all ways, greater than I think I am.”  

So, what if you are only operating at 40 percent of your potential and your capacity? I think a lot of people feel that. They might even feel less than that.  

Just by, again, choosing to open yourself up, recognizing that you are starting to move into change. 

You're starting to move into greater wisdom.  

You have the ability to see, to sense, and to know yourself to be more powerful, more resourceful, and just a greater and more gifted human being.  

In terms of an actor, imagine if you were so much more talented than you thought you were. 

Because that's the truth. You have more talent. You have more gifts to give than you even realize you do.  

But what blocks you are those catabolic energies, which block us from that universal wisdom.  

Do not accept your limitation, whether that be physical, intellectual, or emotional. 

Think outside the box and know that you have unique gifts to share, regardless of how you have seen yourself in the past. 

It's incredibly empowering, to see the truth about ourselves.  

We are not helpless or a victim of anything.  

We're not helpless.  

We are in Infinite Energy and that propels us to do more than we normally think we could or should do. 

Now this new seeing of who you really are also helps you to set new standards.  

The comfort zone is constantly trying to keep us the same and comfortable. 

But tackling these challenges, whether it be running a mile or ten miles or tackling Shakespeare or starting a new career or a new relationship, it helps you to build self-esteem.  

Which leads to, if you want self-esteem, do self-esteemable acts.  

But I also need to say with this that we do not want to set ourselves up for failure, so I encourage the baby steps. 

I encourage going as slowly as you need to take care of yourself, but still challenge yourself. Because ultimately, you can figure this out. You can find a way. 

Do what you most don't want to do in a day first. 

Or as I joke do the thing that makes you want to vomit in your mouth just a little bit to get you closer to your goals. 

Because that will then give you so much energy for the rest of the day. 

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