TO BE OR not to be is not a question; it is a choice.
Every morning when you wake up you have a choice to make on how you are going to be for the day and impact the day. Every morning you are waking up to a brand-new, never-before-used, never-before-seen, never-before-experienced day. It is a brand-new baby day. How you approach the day is your choice, on how to be.
There are individuals I know who are terrified about the day and what they are going to face. Their own negative self-talk is enough to pull them back to bed and pull the covers over their head. They decide before they leave the house that they will be a victim or become a victim in some event that has yet to be created. But, in their mind, the event is out there waiting for them. You may know this person, too. You have had lunch with them as they tell you about all the wrongs they have experienced and how these wrongs have affected their life.
There are other individuals that I know, who will take the day as it comes and roll with the good and the bad. No plan, no cares, no process, just a que sera, sera attitude, as they wait for the end of the day. It’s basically a “stuff happens” mindset, and there is nothing I can do about it.
Then, there are individuals I know who start off their brand-new, never-before-used, baby day with a purpose in mind on how they want to be. They set their intention for the day. How they are going to interact with people for the day, and how they will react to the forces of the day. They remember how grateful they are for the things that they have in life. They know that what happened yesterday does not define who they are today — and who they will be.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet was pondering whether it was better to be dead or alive. Hopefully that is not a worry for the reader here. Instead, it would be: how does the reader want to be for the day.
The choice can be: to be brave, be bold, be strong, be victorious, be blessed, be upright, be happy, be creative, be forgiving, be a good listener. Be a good employee, boss, partner. Be resolute, be healthy, be wise, be careful, be kind, be generous. Be all the good you can be, or not be. It’s a choice.
Peter Remington is an executive at Houston CityBook and also a business consultant and life coach. For more information on him and his Prepare 4 More, visit here.