Are you able to make better choices? Is it your job to make better decisions, to think more critically, or to choose the best path?
Chances are good that everyone has some of this responsibility. If it is true for you, how are you ensuring your choices produce the best outcomes?
“Every dog has its day.”
Nearly everyone quickly recognizes the meaning of this phrase. It is to suggest that at some point, everyone gets some luck or stumbles onto some good fortune.
Many people believe that the best of the best get all of the breaks. The view is that life is easy and good fortune is always coming their way.
It is true for the view of individuals and often also true for the view of businesses or organizations.
Have you ever had a streak of good luck? What about a streak of bad luck? Many will tell you that bad luck comes in three’s and so you look for it to stop after a self-identified, third event.
Streaks of good luck or bad luck don’t continue on forever. That is why we call them a streak.
Studies on the concept of luck have concluded that we all have about the same amount of luck. It is how we manage our luck that determines the future outcomes.
With all of this in mind it would seem logical that your daily habits are what make the most difference.
Each day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute, positions you to make the best choices and decisions about what will happen next.
Today you’ll make some choices. Tomorrow the path might be altered ever so slightly (or drastically) to create a new beginning.
Diets and exercise don’t change a physique on a single day. Getting better at your craft doesn’t flip the switch over night. Your career or your business venture isn’t about a single day, a single moment, or a specific spike or decline.
What happens across a career is about choices. The choices you make are connected to the habits you follow.
Today is a good day to figure out what those are.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.