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Choice vs. Chance: Which Way Are You Living Your Life?

Are you relying on luck and random acts to determine your life? Or are you making conscious decisions and steering your ship? These are two dramatically different ways to live. The former is not practical or enjoyable. Anxiety, uncertainty, and dissatisfaction can be found in abundance, and the latter method is much more effective and satisfying.

Consider these ideas:

  1. Entropy is your enemy. Entropy is the idea that all systems have a gradual decline into disorder. A sandcastle tends to fall apart over time, and you won’t see a sandcastle spontaneously rise from the beach. A clean room becomes more cluttered over time, and it won’t become less cluttered on its own.
  • If you’re living by choice, you’re adding energy into your life and moving in a predetermined direction. There’s a regular improvement, and this is all that’s needed to overcome the effects of entropy. You can outrun the pull into disorder.
    • If you’re living by chance, you lack direction. Your life is constantly becoming more disordered. It’s only when your discomfort is significant enough that you’ll get busy and make it tolerable again. But it will never be great, and you deserve more than this type of life will ever provide.
  • Great things rarely happen by accident. The odds of anyone becoming a brain surgeon, movie star, astronaut, or president or living an extraordinary life are slim without intention, and all of these things require an intention.
  • If you’re living by choice, you know what you want, and you’re making it happen. You have a pretty good idea of what your life will look like in the future. Anything is possible with enough time and effort.
    • If you’re living by chance, you likely have a job you don’t want, and you’re living a life you don’t enjoy. You spend a lot of your effort putting out fires just to keep your life the same. Life becomes one minor catastrophe after another.
  • A great life requires some thought. It’s hard to get what you want if you don’t know what you want. If you don’t know what you want, you’re stuck with whatever you get.
  • If you’re living by choice, you’re able to set goals, and attaining them creates the life you desire, step by step.
    • If you’re living by chance, you don’t set goals. Failing to choose the direction of your life means not being clear on your desires. Without a target, you’re just drifting through life.
  • Consistency is essential to enjoying a balanced life, and it’s not just important to be consistent but to be consistent effectively. Watching five hours of TV or being on social media each night is consistent but not effective.
  • If you’re living by choice, you are in the position to take effective, consistent action. A great career, body, social life, or anything else requires consistency, day after day. Making choices about your life provides the opportunity to be consistent in an effective manner.
    • If you’re living by chance, you’re consistently inconsistent. Your life is too random to make progress in any meaningful way, and the only consistent part of your life is passivity.

Choose the life you want to live. Any other alternative leads to unsatisfactory results. Make decisions and choose to stick with them. Live a life that you’ve designed. Avoid living life by default.

You can create a much more satisfying and enjoyable life with choice than you’ll ever achieve through chance alone. Be bold: choose your life, and you’ll be glad you did.

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