Good And Bad Choices?

Sit down for a few minutes and reassess some of the important choices you’ve made over the years.

Take a piece of paper and make two columns labeled “Good Choice” and “Bad Choice.” Under each column, list at least five choices relating to those moments you consider the most memorable and decisive in your life so far–but be sure to include private choices that no one knows about except you.

Think of at least one good thing that came out of the bad choices and one bad thing that came out of the good choices.

This is an exercise in breaking down the labels, getting more in touch with how flexible reality really is. If you pay attention, you may be able to see that not one but many good things came from your bad decisions while many bad ones are tangled up in your good decisions.

No single decision you ever made has led in a straight line to where you find yourself now. You peeked down some roads and took a few steps before turning back. You followed some roads that came to a dead end and others that got lost at too many intersections.

Ultimately, all roads are connected to all other roads. So break out of the mindset that your life consists of good and bad choices that set your destiny on an unswerving course. Your life is the product of your awareness. Every choice follows from that, and so does every step of growth.


Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

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Helen Wu
Helen Wu2 years ago


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Armand B.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you. I don't regret any of the decisions I have made though some certainly cause me a lot of suffering.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

thanks for the interesting post

Care member
Care member2 years ago

Thanks Deepak

Vicky P.
Vicky P.3 years ago


Olga Lustosa
Olga Lustosa3 years ago

Good thought for the day! Thanks!

Kathy K.
Kathy K.3 years ago

This is a great exercise. Thanks for posting it.

andrew h.
- -.3 years ago

thanks Deepak

from Yogananda on keeping on going:

"No matter what your trials have been, or how discouraged you are, if you will make a continued effort to be better, you will find that, being made in the image of God, you are endowed with an unlimited power that is much stronger than your worst trials. Make up your mind that you will win, focusing all your concentration on ceaseless efforts to succeed, and you will surely be victorious."
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