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Friday, November 23, 2007

Success Is a Matter of the Self Selection Smart Choices That We Make Every Day

By Leanne Hoagland-Smith

Do you want success? Most people say yes to what they believe is such an obvious question. However, have you ever thought that your current level of success is a matter of the self selection smart choices that you make?

Just imagine if you would make self selection choices based upon doing your personal best for the next 24 hours or how about the next week? What would happen to your life and the lives of those around you?

Every day we make self selection choices based upon our existing beliefs. Making a self selection choice is a judgement. Unfortunately, society appears to frown upon the word judgement as something negative. Judgements can be very positive because when we are making smart choices based upon our own self-selections judgements, we are actively using our higher order thinking skills or are engaged in what some now call intensive thinking activities.

Many times people opt out so to speak in the self selection process of every day life.

  • They choose not to participate in a corporate wide training or change initiative - self selecting - not realizing that there could be one significant gem within that learning experience.
  • They choose not to listen to their children upon returning home from school. They self select themselves out of their child's life.
  • They choose not to become involved in their community. They self select themselves out of being a part of the solution.
  • They choose not to care about others. They self select themselves out of the human race.

Self selection is explained quite well in the book Leadership and Self Deception. The author use the analogy about being in the box (choosing people as objects) or being out of the box (choosing people as people).

Aristotle saw the power of smart choice through self selection when he wrote: For what is the best choice for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.

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