You Get To Choose Your Challenges
I had a coach once that taught me a big lesson in choice.
There was some action items I had wanted to complete (honestly, I can't even remember what they were). When it came time for our coaching call, I hadn't completed them. I did, however, come prepared with a well thought out list of valid excuses.
He looked at me, mostly expressionless, and dug deeper. He pointed out that I had used the word "couldn't" a few times in my explanation.
Then, he proceeded to have me change the words "couldn't" into "chose not to." So, instead of "I couldn't find the time," it became, "I chose not to find the time."
The beauty of this? It all boils down to me. I get to choose where my time and energy goes. If I choose to sleep an extra 30 minutes instead of exercising, that's my choice. There are consequences that come along with each choice, but they're mine to choose.
So the choice itself isn't right or wrong. The question boils down to does it line up with who I wanted to be?
In recent years I've learned that both sides of choice are usually hard, but we get to choose the hard we want.
A Facebook post I read summed it up perfectly:
"Marriage is hard. Divorce is hard. Choose your Hard.
Obesity is hard. Being fit is hard. Choose your hard.
Being in debt is hard. Being financially disciplined is hard. Choose your hard.
Life will never be easy. It will always be hard.
We get to choose our hard. Pick wisely."
When life is hard, stop and think about the choices you have in the matter. Then take comfort in those choices, or take action in changing them.
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