Dr. Seuss stated something that is quite true:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
We have the option and decision to go anywhere and do anything. It’s our choice on how we do things, what goals we set, what actions we take, and everything that we do to live our lives. We choose what to wear, what to eat, and how to live our lives. Our choices affect us and those around us.
Our choices are the difference maker. What we do affects everyone and everything. What kind of difference we want to make is up to us and what we choose. How we live and act make a difference. Everything we do makes a difference and an impact on everybody and everything.
Jane Goodall, a famous primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace, said it clearly: “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
What we choose as our goals and how we achieve them make a difference. Our goals depend on what kind of difference we want to make and what we want to accomplish. What’s your goal? What do you want to accomplish in your life? Is it to do something you want to do for yourself or is it something you want to do for others? Do you want to have very little impact in everyone’s life or do you want to have the biggest impact possible? Is your goal skydiving for fun or helping the poor and the homeless?
Our goals matter and, even more importantly, so do our choices. Our choices in life define us and should achieve our goals. Our goals should reflect our dreams. The choices we make should reflect our goals and dreams. What we do makes a difference and steers us in the direction we choose. The goals we achieve make a difference because it’s a choice that we’ve made and because of the choices we made to achieve that goal.
J.C. Penney, the founder of the store named after him, stated very well the impact that goals make. He stated: “Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.”
We make history with the goals we achieve, which is accomplished by the choices we make. Our choices make history. They makes the difference between having a huge impact on others and having a very tiny impact on them. It doesn’t matter if they live in the present and future because our choices will have an impact on them.
Our choices impact the present and the future. The choices we make and the goals we accomplish will become history. You are making history and a difference to others. How big or small an impact you have is up to you. Winston Churchill decided to have a big impact on others. He stated that: “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.”
Indeed, he did just that. Dr. Seuss and J. C. Penney–whether they knew it or not–made a big impact on others and made history as well. Jane Goodall is also doing the same. Could you comprehend a life without rhymes from Seuss or having a JCPenney’s in a mall? Could you perceive a life without knowing as much as we do about monkeys? Could you imagine what it would be like if WWII ended differently?
I know I can’t. Most people can’t. People make history because they write it with their choices and goals. Dr. Seuss, J. C. Penney, Winston Churchill, Jane Goodall, and many more made and are making history by achieving their goals and making choices.
So what’s your choice? Will your goals have an impact on others or not? Will you, like Winston Churchill, intend to write history? Or will you fall through the cracks of history and not be remembered for your choices and goals? It’s up to you. You can, and are, steer in any direction you choose. You are the one who decides where to go, how to attain your goals, and picks your choices.
It’s your choice. Those choices are making an impact. How big of an impact is up to you. Your choices are making a difference and making history.