For e.g., let’s say you would like to teach a course. The “choice” which you as the individual get to make is to teach… that is the only aspect within your control.
This may sound baffling- because you may say- don’t I get to choose- how I teach that course (i.e., classroom, online etc.) as well as the course topic and so on.
You may wonder- why is this important? Why do I need to correctly define my choice…? The reason is simple, unless you bring that level of clarity to your thinking, you will not be able to achieve the success that you seek. After all, all action- first begins with a thought.
In addition, such clarity of thinking also helps one to strategize and correctly figure out the best way to approach their goals and ambition to attain maximum success.
Further considering our example from above- let us say, you choose to teach, so you write up a course. But unless you are aware that you do not ‘choose’ the method of teaching, you may wrongly pick classroom style, which is then bound to fail (as it is not in accordance with the current industry trend).
Because the final outcome is dependent on many factors.
You could have written the most informative course on a much-needed topic- but that cannot guarantee that people will find it helpful and sign up for it. How many instances do we have in history, where some work did not gain due recognition until much later down the line?
We can only make our choice- i.e., figure out what it is we would like to do- our action and then determine the best ways to that action in the most efficient manner. The result (final outcome) will be as it can best be in that scenario.
If you want beautiful flowers in your garden, then you do not need to focus on the flowers but decide (choose) to have a flower-garden and then figure out the best seeds, soil and light conditions etc. that are required for those flowering plants to thrive- flowers will grow as the result of your action… your efforts.
How best you take care of the process details will greatly contribute towards the final result- but your focus cannot be the final result. It needs to be on your choice and the appropriate method/process.
As you start focussing on the correct way- with clear thinking and honest efforts/actions, you will find that success is not something that you need to strive for anymore- because right methods sooner or later, always lead to successful results. It can take some time, but ultimately attaining success will become your new normal.