In the movie, "The Renaissance Man," Danny De Vito’s character makes an insightful statement: "The choices we make dictate the lives we lead." To paraphrase, this means "Where you are today is the result of all the choices and mistakes you have made in your life."
And many of those choices were bad ones—mistakes. So, yes, the sum total of our choices—good and bad—make us who we are today.
I’ve often heard that experience is the best teacher. When we experience the consequences of a bad choice, we do learn a lesson that serves us well in the remainder of our lives. The aftermath of a bad choice is usually not easily forgotten, if ever.
Oh, if we could have that 20-20 hindsight vision when we make our choices. We’ll have more than ample opportunity to make choices in the New Year ahead. But we can’t see beyond our choices until after we make them. Then, if they prove to be bad choices, it’s too late to change. But we can learn from our mistakes. If we don’t remember and learn from our mistakes, we’ll be doomed to repeat them.
I often describe myself as hopeful, enthusiastic, and positive. If I daily marinate my attitude with those three attributes instead of their opposites, I believe I can approach my challenges and choices in a way that results in favorable outcomes.
I hope you’re prepared to meet your challenges and choices with a good attitude. Add a bit of wisdom based on the past and you’ll help yourself to reap a good 2015.