Are you choosing what you believe?

As I prepared for the 2013: Roadmap to Success Coaching Program that starts next week, I kept running across really empowering quotes from a number of very famous people. The one that made the biggest impact on me came from none other than Albert Einstein who said: “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe.”

Think about that for a moment. First, notice that he only gave us two choices, not seven, not five, not even three. Two choices, friendly or hostile.

Second, notice what the two choices are, friendly or hostile. There are a number of implications from those choices. If the universe is friendly, then it means it’s on your side, it’s like a friend, you can count on it, it has your back, it will provide you with whatever support you need or required.

If the universe is hostile, then it means it’s an enemy, it’s out to get you, you can’t trust it, you have to watch your back, your survival is threatened, you’re not safe, fear is appropriate and you had better be worried and/or concerned.

When I lay it all out like that, I’m sure it seems pretty evident that if you have to choose to believe one or the other, it makes far more sense to choose to believe we live in a friendly universe. But do you believe that? If you look objectively at the way the vast majority of people operate, it becomes pretty evident that they believe we live in a hostile universe. Isn’t that evident for you? Really. Do you treat the universe and every one in it like your friend or is your world filled with competitors and enemies.

Why quotes like Einstein’s are so impactful to me is that it points to the fact that we human beings are not very conscious of the decisions we make and/or the things we choose to believe. And that’s the source of an enormous number of problems we have. Every day we have to choose what we believe but we don’t choose consciously. And the problem is that the default choice is always disempowering.

So if we don’t choose faith, trust and optimism, we get fear by default. If we don’t choose to believe in abundance we get a belief in scarcity by default. If we don’t choose to see possibility in everything, everything shows up as a problem by default.

These are small examples of the challenges we face in producing breakthrough results, creating rich, meaningful, quality relationships, being happy, building a successful enterprise and creating high-performance teams. If you’d like to learn how to make empowering and conscious choices, join me and several dozen others in the 2013: Roadmap to Success Coaching Program which starts next week. You can register at

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