The Power of Choice

It is common knowledge to each and everyone of us that choices have consequences. It is with that respect that we need to always remember the ability that a choice has of turning our lives from good to bad and vice versa.

Choices more of often than not lead us into a decision-making process. In this process, we may make either the right choice or the wrong choice altogether. If the choice is right, we get motivated in knowing that at the end of the day the choice we made had a positive impact on our lives. If we make the wrong choice, we may at times feel demotivated and if not checked, we may sometimes sink into depression. At times, we may be faced with a hard decision of whether to hold on or to move on. This culminates into what is known as the toughest decisions we will ever face as human beings on this earth:

 

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In choosing, we need to understand that it is not all about being right but about learning. We may at times make the wrong choice but what matters is what we learn from the consequences of making such a choice. Kama vile Wahenga na Wahenguzi walivyonena,

                             ‘Kufanya kosa si kosa, kulirudia kosa ndiko kukosa’.

What the learned Swahili fellows were trying to put across is that we all make mistakes for the first time, however repeating the same mistake is what makes us fools. In making mistakes, we need to learn from them and take the corrections as a stepping stone towards our goals.

At times, we may feel that we made the right choice but the results obtained are contrary to the expectations. It is at this point that we need to sit back and reflect on the choice. This moment of reflection may necessitate a change in the previous choice that we made. If we refuse to change, we may be termed as insane since if we continue sticking to the same choice, we shall continue obtaining the same results day in day out. And that is insanity!!!! If and only if we understand the power of a choice shall we be able to realize the true meaning and purpose of our lives.

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We all have the POWER to CHOOSE. It is only when we realize the power of choice that we shall be able to live a fulfilling life. If you want greatness, choose to do things in a great way even if they are small things. If you want happiness, choose to live a stress-free life. If you want success, pursue excellence in everything you do. The list is endless…… These are just a few of the things you need to CHOOSE to do in order to get what you want.

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As I conclude, I would like to leave you with the quote below which will give you a new perspective of viewing choices.

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SMART(ER)

Time and again, we have always been told that our goals and/or objectives need to be SMART:

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In the recent past, firms are being faced with the challenge of ensuring that their activities are in line with a certain code of conduct. In this code of conduct, ethics is always the underlying issue that is of importance. However, from time to time, firms have always gone against their code of conducts to achieve certain goals and objectives. This usually means that ethics is ignored so that the firm easily achieves its objectives. In as much as these set goals and/or objectives are SMART, they ignore the ethical part of the activities that will be undertaken in order to achieve them. Moreover, the set objectives are usually not recorded using methods that may stand the test of time from generation to generation.

During my second last class in campus, our Business Policy and Strategic Planning lecturer introduced us to a new way of composing goals and/or objectives. He told us that firms these days go a long way in ensuring that their objectives are SMARTER:

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In November 2015, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta directed all firms in Kenya seeking to do business with both the National and County governments need to sign a code of ethics. For more details on this directive, click on the link below:

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000183353/uhuru-firms-seeking-government-tenders-must-sign-code-of-ethics

This means that as firms conduct their businesses, they need to resist any form of unethical conduct. This starts by setting goals and/or objectives that are SMARTER. SMARTER goals and/or objectives ensure that the firms are efficient and effective in their operations. This is due to the fact that SMARTER goals and/or objectives are often simple and clear. In addition, they ensure that the employees work smarter and not harder.

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