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Author: Briar DeHaven

Yesterday, for fitness company Ultimate Body Press, I wrote an article called, “10 Tips for Achieving your Fitness Goals“. Tip #8 kept me up last night and is the reason I’m writing this today.

Tip #8 Every Choice is a Chance

What I meant by Tip #8 is every decision you face is an opportunity to reaffirm your goals. Sure, I was talking about basic concepts of health and wellness. You know, choosing broccoli over french fries and water over soda. Nothing earth shattering or life altering to it. But the longer I stewed over the phrase, Every Choice is a Chance, the more I realized this mantra extends further than diet and exercise.

The truth is, each choice we face is opportunity to make better our life and our world.

As Aristotle perfectly put it, “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”

And with the sudden death of Dr. Maya Angelou–celebrated thinker, writer, and humanitarian–there is no better or more urgent time to examine the responsibility in our choices. For she was a person who understood Tip #8. She knew, as she says in an interview for Oprah’s OWN network, “You make your own choices. So, pick up the battle and make it a better world.”

To make a better world, do what Maya Angelou did and what Tip #8 suggests: use every choice  as an opportunity to reaffirm what’s good and right. Commit to positivity in every interaction and surrender to joy during the small moments. Let go of lackluster “lovers” who do nothing but take from you. Protect the pure part of your heart from harm. Reach out to your elderly neighbor with a smile or a word. Take your gripes to the faces, not behind the backs, of those that frustrate you.

Do what is right. That’s what Maya Angelou wanted from you. She said it herself.

“Just do right. Right may not be expedient; it may not be profitable, but it will satisfy your soul.” -Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
Maya Angelou