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As human beings, we were designed to take action. "Do something, even if it's wrong" became a popular saying some time back and it is no wonder. We value action and loathe inactivity. Knowing this, we can determine most powerful defining moments in our lives.
The most powerful defining moment in our life occurs immediately following decision not to do something. The action or lack of action at this moment leaves greatest impression on our lives, and we aren't even aware it happens!
I decided not to lie. Five simple words that carry with it powerful message: "I am honest. I can be trusted. I will not compromise my integrity". If we stick with this, we reap benefits. This is a positive example. Unfortunately we have become a society of people who focus on negative, so here's a negative example as well.
We decide to loose some weight. This is a good decision. We take action step of planning an exercise program. Again, this is good. The defining moments to this point are those of a person who will not only loose weight, but who will also follow through, take positive action and achieve success. The next morning when we wake up and decide NOT to exercise, all this is lost and we have defined ourselves as a person who will not loose weight, will not take action and will not be a success. In addition we define ourselves as failures. Each day, a new opportunity will come to define ourselves. The more days in a row we take either action will determine which person we are: exerciser (the success) or couch potato (the failure).
We must realize power of seemingly little decisions we make all day, each day. Decisions that happen in a blink of an eye carry with them consequences that will shape our personality, determine our integrity and control our destiny. These snippets of time are our defining moments.
Glen Gould is a Director of the Inspiration Agents, a company of individuals dedicated to having a positive impact on the lives they encounter. The Inspiration Agents develop content rich workshops, seminars and coaching sessions for individuals, companies, clubs, chambers and associations. For further information visit www.inspirationagents.com.