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The choices we make significantly influence the life we live and the legacy we leave behind. Every choice we make stands as a landmark on the map of our life’s experience: denoting our successes or failures, reminding us of opportunities, loss, or risks converted to achievements, symbolizing challenges we overcame or fears we succumbed to. The choices we make can give us power and pleasure or impotence and pain.

Each choice is a key that can unlock a door that leads to our future – the life, dreams, goals we desire. Or each choice can send us tumbling from our climb up the mountain back down into the valley. Selecting the correct key is of the utmost importance in opening the doors that hold the answers, directions, opportunities, knowledge, and resources that will guide us to our destination.

Still, selecting any key is better than never making a choice. Because if you choose the wrong key, you can try again; but, if you never pick a key, you will limit your opportunities to advance; and likely miss out on defining your life’s journey or creating a lasting legacy.

And, since our choices can have significant consequences, we must make them with precision and not by guesswork. We must carefully analyze, evaluate, and ponder the pros and cons of the choices before making our selection. We can’t choose blindly or by some random act. But we mustn’t let the situation linger and languish. Our future depends on us taking a step, so we must set a cut-off point – a target date to make a decision.

And when we do make a choice, we cannot waver; instead, we must stand secure in our decision. Otherwise, we may miss our moment in time – our season of success. When we choose, we must believe in the choice with all our heart, soul, and being. We must believe in it enough to find a way to use it for our betterment regardless of the outcome. If our choice is perfect and puts us squarely on the path that leads to our pot of gold -- then fine, all is well! But, even if it doesn’t, we can’t throw our hands up and walk away. Instead, we must closely review the outcome and use it to improve future decisions and actions or allow it to reveal a new way or a different direction. Our choices and their results are building blocks given to us to navigate life and leave a mark that will fuel hope and help future generations. So, let’s choose wisely!

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