1. To select from a number of possibilities
2. To prefer or decide (to do something)
3. To want; desire
The action of choosing is one of the most powerful things we can do and we do it every day whether we know it or not. Even the choice of NOT choosing, has a powerful impact on your life.
The first definition implies an almost limitless amount of choices to choose from.
You could choose to prepare your presentation far enough in advance that you have plenty of time to rehearse and feel confident in every aspect of delivery. Or you could choose to prepare the night before and deliver your presentation on the fly. Making excuses afterward for why it wasn't really up to standard. You could choose to see your presentation as being successful. You're wowing the crowd! Or, choose to see yourself as a bad communicator who is bound to fail like all the other times before. You could choose to believe in yourself and your ideas, or believe what the naysayers say about you. You could choose to take action or not take action. The choices are limitless and they are yours to choose.
The second definition, To prefer or decide (to do something)
Everything in life is your choice. It is “YOU” that chooses. YOU have the power to choose the direction your life will take. You cannot blame others for the choices you made or did not make. They were all yours to choose.
You can choose to seek success. If you are not a great presenter, you can choose to sign up for the workshops that will help you gain the skill sets you need. You can choose to let life take you on its journey or you can choose to charter your own course. You can choose to create the old, boring PowerPoint presentation the way everyone else does. Or, you can choose to step outside of the box and put together an engaging, persuasive presentation where your personal skill sets trump your PowerPoint slides. You choose!
And the third definition “to want, to desire”
Well we all have wants and desires in life. Some people sit back and hope that their dreams and desires will magically manifest. Others realize that action is needed in order to achieve their dreams and desires. They CHOOSE the actions that get them there.
The bottom line is, it is YOU who must choose, no one else can choose for you. What will you choose? Will you choose to become a more poised, powerful, professional communicator or will you choose to continue to make excuses by saying you're not good in front of people? Your dreams are waiting for you, but you have to choose whether you will step up to the plate and do what is necessary to achieve them? The choice is yours to choose!
Debbie Darling, ©2013 The Presentation Pros