If you have read Dr Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you may remember that the first habit he identifies is how to be proactive and have the ability to choose your response to the things that happen in life.
I love this stuff. It’s such a simple concept and it makes a huge difference to the quality of my life. So I am really happy to find another perspective on this same message that I can share with you…
In the inspirational, wonderful ‘This Is Water‘ talk by David Foster Wallace, he asks: “Do you often feel like everyone else is just in your way? How annoying and rude they are? How unfair things can be?
“If you choose to think this way, fine. But the danger is when your default setting is to operate in this way.”
He goes on to explain that we all have the choice about how to think, what to listen to and what perspective works for us as an individual.
My experience is that this choice is THE most important factor in how happy, free and successful I feel in my life.
Are you currently conscious about what you choose? I am some of the time. And as for the rest of the time? I’m working on it…
You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. That is real freedom. That is being educated and understanding how to think. ~ David Foster Wallace