"If you choose not to decide -- you still have made a choice!"  -Neil Peart

"The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice."   -George Eliot

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.  -C.S. Lewis

"If you play it safe in life you've decided that you don't want to grow anymore."
 -Shirley Hufstedler

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”  
-Denis Waitley

“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” 
-Denis Waitley


..."The ultimate choice for a man, inasmuch as he is driven to transcend himself, is to create or to destroy, to love or to hate."
Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980), The Sane Society

"You don't get to choose how you're going to die.  Or when.  You can decide how you're going to live now."       -Joan Baez

"Every person has free choice. Free to obey or disobey the Natural Laws. Your choice determines the consequences. Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices."   -Alfred A. Montapert

"With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice."
-Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine

"You possess a potent force that you either use, or misuse, hundreds of times every day."
-J Martin Kohe

Excerpts from Og Mandino's book, University to Success - Chapter 12: "How to use your greatest power to change your life"

"Those who fail, those who wallow in self-pity, those who always complain --according to Mr. Kohe-- do so because they fail to use the greatest power they possess, or they misuse it with disasterous results that brings grief to themselves and to those whose lives they touch.

Since you, and only you, are in charge of your mind, you also have full reign over this great power, and by using it wisely you cannot help but become a better person, in your business and in your personal life."

J Martin Kohe states in his book: Your Greatest Power:

"You are the possessor of a great and wonderful power. This power, when properly applied, will bring confidence instead of timidity, calmness instead of confusion, poise instead of restlessness, and peace of mind in place of heartache.

...How many times have we had THIS GREAT POWER right in our hands and we threw it away, because we did not recognize it? ...Millions of people will continue to live plain, ordinary, miserable lives because this GREAT POWER escapes them and they never have been able to catch up with it.


CHOICES that we make are powerfully driven by one's attitude, and strength of mind. Outcomes in life should not be confused with, or explained away as chance, fate, or bad fortune.

It is true that the bad things that happen to good people, often cannot be known in advance.

However, while we may  

have considerably more power to manage the risks that we are exposed to, than we may believe, the real determination of the outcomes of these events (i.e.: negative or positive), is how we subsequently internalize them, and the choices we make from these points onward. These choices are what determines our ability to learn, to grow, to rise above the challenges and to move forward.

This is the growth that life can give us if we can avoid focusing on the negatives and, instead, build positively from our life's lessons. (Example: "Man-in-Motion", Rick Hansen, who at age 15, was involved in an automobile accident, that broke his back, but has now turned that personal tragedy into an opportunity to raise close to $200,000,000 for spinal cord injury research, that will benefit thousands of others for generations to come.)












"Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly."        -Julie Andrews

"Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it is good only for wallowing in."
Katherine Mansfield