Season 1, Episode 2
Our Choices Make Us
There are certain fundamental principles in life. Sort of laws of nature, that when we are aware we can make the choices necessary to live the life we always wanted to live.
Some of my favorite Video Links
“Greatness from the Inside Out”
Brian Tracy – Why are Some More People More Successful?
The Most Eye Opening 10 Minutes Of Your Life | Les Brown
One of the Greatest Speeches Ever | Les Brown
It’s Not Over Until You Win – Les Brown at the Georgia Dome
The Bottom of the Pool – Andy Andrews
The Butteryfly Effect – Andy Andrews
The Little Things – An Interview with Andy Andrews
Taking Control of Fear – The Professional Noticer
Seizing the Opportunity with Brian Bakken – Interviewed by Andy Andrews
More of my favorites coming shortly.
Text of this episode
Welcome to The Lasting Impact Podcast –
I’m your host, Don LaPlume
We are helping individuals and families to create a happy, healthy and prosperous life and providing a system to make every succeeding generation grow knowledge and wealth in a way that successfully spans the generational barrier and delivers a true Lasting Impact, one family at a time.
Our very lives are fashioned by our choices. First, we make our choices and then our choices make us.
That is a quote from one of my favorite books. The Traveler’s gift by Andy Andrews. Highly recommended reading.
Why did I start there for this episode, because what you would have discovered anyway after a few podcasts is that I have a plan for the Lasting Impact Podcast. What I cover will not be happenstance or based on a whim. It is based on a plan to help you live your best life.
Please remember, while this will always be a family friendly podcast. You might not always like what I have to say. Often, when you don’t like what is being said it is because it is hitting home. So please understand, I don’t know you personally. I’m sharing knowledge from my own experience in life and I would rather tell you the trust then dance around an issue. So let’s get into this.
When you are living the life you always wanted you will also be contributing in many ways to help others. It often happens in ways you don’t even realize.
You are more positive and friendly. You might smile at someone or give them a happy greeting that they needed right now in their life. When you are happy you are also more productive and usually make more money.
It’s funny, most people get this concept wrong. They think money is the goal. It isn’t. Most people will say, money can’t buy happiness. They get stuck on the money.
However, that was not what I was talking about. I said, Happy people are often more productive and usually make more money because of it.
In fact, you might say that people who are happier seem to have everything go their way. They get opportunities that others don’t.
You have probably seen people who are doing well and everything just keeps getting better for them. While others seem to have the worst luck and it seems to keep getting worse.
Can you agree with that?
Okay good. Now, why do you think that is?
Well let’s look at this from an unhappy person’s perspective first:
Do you know someone who seems to have a hard time getting ahead? They feel like everyone and everything is against them. So they are guarded even jaded, short when they talk with people, closed off because of general mistrust, usually grumpy, they never smile.
Do you know someone like that.
You might feel for them and want them to catch a break. You remember when they were a good friend who always wanted to accomplish great things. But something changed in their life and it has spiraled since.
Heres the challenge. It is very tough for them to catch a break when no one even wants to be around them. They are always down and negative. Literally they can suck the energy out of a room.
Anyone with an opportunity or job will steer clear of that person. Almost be repelled by them. They don’t want negative energy in their workplace. So the person with the opportunity presents it to someone else.
Now lets flip the coin.
Someone who is happy, always smiles, they are fun to be around and always ready to help. They are very open, not closed. They light up a room when they walk in.
These are the people who get the opportunities and recognize them, because they are open.
So, why did I just share this with all of you.
For two reasons;
- If you are a happy and prosperous person, I want you to realize how important it is that you stay that way. Life happens to all of us and sometimes it can be difficult to get back up right away. We sort of take a breather and when that happens we start a slow but accelerating slide downward. The sooner you catch it and reverse it the easier it will be.
Now you might be saying, Wait a minute Don, you are telling me I can just turn it around. When life hits us it can knock us for a loop.
Life can knock us for a loop, and often when we get hit it seems like it’s several punches in a row.
Here’s the thing.
Our very lives are fashion by our choices. First we make our choices and then our choices make us.
So you can choose to wallow, stop moving forward and go into that spiral down.
Or we can choose to say, what am I supposed to learn from this. How can I make decisions in the future that will provide different results.
You see, while we can’t control life we can control ourselves. So figure out what the lesson is, learn from it. The more things you overcome today, the larger the things in the future you will be able to overcome because of your knowledge, your confidence even your momentum will help.
I don’t know about you but I would not stand in front of a charging rhino that was coming at me. It would run right over me. Momentum does matter. Going up or down.
You need to be that charging Rhino in life. Take action, move forward, make a difference for someone else. Help someone. Sometimes all we need to do is take the focus off our challenges and instead help someone else through their challenges. We always feel better after we have helped lift someone else up.
I started that 1st segment saying there were two reasons I told this story. The second is
If you listened and said, oh crap, that negative person sounds like me. Then please know, I don’t know who you are and certainly have nothing against you. I’d just love to help you.
So please take what I am about to say from that standpoint –
You and only you can change your current situation. The good news is that you have the ability to do so.
1st – you need to look back and say, how did I get here? Not in a negative way but from the perspective that you want to learn what caused it so that it does not happen again in the future.
2nd – You need to forgive yourself. That may sound weird but you really need to do just that. Forgive yourself because You can’t change history. And because you can’t, your history should not control your destiny. When you let go of that guilt and disappointment it will feel like a weight has been lifted from you.
Congratulations you are now on your way back.
3rd – This is key, If you have been negative for any period of time you may have formed some poor habits such as how you might talk to others or how closed off you are. Even your speech is often negative.
So step back and honestly take a look and say, what would someone change about me if they could?
Don’t ask anyone else this question, this is really not about them. It is about you. So simply ask yourself. Then start to work on that item.
Lastly – you may have already surrounded yourself with negative people. Feel free to pass on this podcast to them but you need to move on. Find some positive people to hang around. The easiest way to do that is to start by listening to positive uplifting videos and audios. Stop reading the newspaper, take a breather from social media, stop listening to the radio and watching TV (unless its your job) then you might want to consider something else to do. You will find after you have done this for a few weeks you start attracting more positive people around you. It almost works like magic but in reality it is science.
Here are two simple truths,
#1 – you become who you associate with. Yes your parents and mine were right about that! So you need to be around people who are living the kind of life that you want to live.
#2 – Garbage in garbage out. If you always feed your mind negative information from the news, from songs with negative lyrics, social media drama, from derogatory sitcoms and the “If it bleeds it leads newspapers” than all that will come out of your brain is negative.
If on the other hand you constantly feed your mind good, positive , uplifting information from good books, videos and audios that is what will come out of your mouth amd what you will begin to attract.
If you aren’t sure, just try it for 30 days. Do it just one day at a time. Grab a calendar and mark 30 days out. Day one simply focus on feeding your mind good information for that one day. When its over add a check mark to the calendar for that day. The next day only focus on that day. And so on.
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