In her latest letter to young people, Janet Museveni, the first lady and minister of Education and Sports -- talks about the power of choice.
The Power of Choice
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I loved your engagement with our last dialogue.
We reflected on the power of what we think, based on what has been modeled for us especially by our parents.
I am sure you gleaned a lot more from that story of the German shepherd dog.
Today, I thought I would talk to you about the power of our choices.
We all make choices in our lives every day, both knowingly and unknowingly.
From the friends we have, how we spend our time, the words we say, how we relate to our parents and other authority figures in our lives, etc.
Choices shape your experiences and bring you to where you are in your life.
Today, I will share with you three ways in which we can make better choices.
1. Focus on the audience of one.
God should be your principal audience in whatever you do. When you focus so much on other audiences you can easily make the wrong decisions.
The wise King Solomon said, in the book of Proverbs chapter 9 verse 10, that, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding”.
Wise decisions are anchored in the fear and knowledge of God.
2. Clarify your Core Values.
Values are the fundamental beliefs and standards that govern our lives. They are the non-negotiables that inform what is important in life.
Values are observed through the way we treat others and the way we do our work.
Timeless values like integrity, respect, humility, diligence, hard work, loyalty always pay off no matter how long it takes.
Embrace the right values, your value system will either take you up or take you down.
3. Cultivate discipline in your private life.
There is a lot of focus on our public life, how we are perceived, whether we are seen to succeed or not, but authentic success comes from a disciplined private life.
It is the small disciplines in our private lives that create cascading habits and change our lives.
I have learnt over the years that it is the small things that no one sees that create the big things everyone wants.
In conclusion, guys, let me challenge you to pay attention to the choices you make on a daily basis.
You can make better decisions, if you focus on God, have the right value system and disciplined private life.
What is that one value, one discipline you are going to add to your life?