From the time we wake up each day, to the time we close our eyes, we are faced with thousands and thousands of options. How many of us really take the time to think about how each decision effects us?
I just finished reading Viktor Frankl's "Mans Search for Meaning". It shared the philosophy Viktor gained after being placed in a concentration camp during World War II. He did not have the luxury of choosing what to wear each day or what to eat. Indeed, to us, it would seem that the entirety of his freedom was harshly taken away. Frankl claims that after losing such liberties, he learned where true freedom lies. "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom." When leading ourselves and others, we cannot afford to omit our responsibility to purposefully choose how we will respond in any given scenario.
So next time we find ourselves in a situation that seems to take away the things we thought we needed to enjoy our freedom, remember that we still have the freedom to choose how we react. We can choose happiness and positivity in any contingency.
Why is this important? Either we can allow ourselves to become victims of circumstance, thus building a more and more negative perspective on life, or we can take control of the way we choose to respond, and purposefully build a positive outlook on life.
Take control, and live your life on purpose. This is Why We Lead.