My Personal Choice (0:29) I’m reminded of this every single day of my life, and I have a hunch that you are too:I don’t always know what direction to take. However, I also can’t just stand there at the crossroads, frozen in doubt, waiting and hoping that someone will come by and tell me which way to go. NO ONE’S COMING! Why? Because I chose the road less traveled! Because I intentionally chose a life of independence, free from others telling me which way to go. Because back in the day, I puffed up all the cocky confidence I could muster, and I intentionally decided to forgo the job market and forge my own career in show business. It was a very personal choice. And whether it was Divine intervention, parental influence, or both, I’m forever grateful that I was inwardly guided in this direction.Sometimes I forget that I was a 19 yr. old kid when I made that choice, and occasionally I question my decision. However, I have never ever regretted it—even during those confusing times of frustration and doubt.Reminder to self: Everything in my life is a result of the choices I make. If I want different results, I need to make different choices.
J Michael Dolan

My Personal Choice (0:29)

I’m reminded of this every single day of my life, and I have a hunch that you are too:

I don’t always know what direction to take. However, I also can’t just stand there at the crossroads, frozen in doubt, waiting and hoping that someone will come by and tell me which way to go. NO ONE’S COMING! Why? Because I chose the road less traveled! Because I intentionally chose a life of independence, free from others telling me which way to go. Because back in the day, I puffed up all the cocky confidence I could muster, and I intentionally decided to forgo the job market and forge my own career in show business. It was a very personal choice. And whether it was Divine intervention, parental influence, or both, I’m forever grateful that I was inwardly guided in this direction.

Sometimes I forget that I was a 19 yr. old kid when I made that choice, and occasionally I question my decision. However, I have never ever regretted it—even during those confusing times of frustration and doubt.

Reminder to self: Everything in my life is a result of the choices I make. If I want different results, I need to make different choices.


COMMENTS


Posted By Steve
Choices
"When you come to a fork in the road…take it" Yogi Berra I love…no I hate .. no I love….no…the fork that makes my heart race and my stomach churn is antagonizing yet so luscious. Warm, yet a chilling a call to risk. Wisdom is a process, doesn't have to be painful. Take the first few step and you are alright. Over thinking is painful, and regret is cruel. Like Dory in "Finding Nemo" when they are hanging on to the tongue of the whale ready to fall and Marlin asks "How do you know it will be alright" and Dory said "I don't know" you just let go. Knowing what makes my heart sing is the path I try to follow. Not always the most lucrative, still working that out, but what an adventure. I love …no I hate…No... I love


Posted By Franco de Goyo
Inner guidance
Hey Michael ... How often have you depended on inner guidance to direct your feet? I bet often. Can you share some of those crossroad choices and how meditative insights saved the day. If that is not being too personal. Love your blog.


Posted By Rachel Walker
Choosing to find
Choosing as wisely as one can yet blunders cover the path, but I think something that is meant to be will unfold in it's perfect time. :-) Thank you Michael!


Posted By Aaron Wolfson
Making Wise Choices
The higher the stakes, the more crucial it is that we make wise decisions. If you have a clear and definite vision of the destination you intend to arrive at, you can be confident you are making the best series of choices in that direction, as indicated by the desired positive results you are achieving.


Posted By Freddie Brown
Take the fork less travelled
And even after you make the big choice to take the fork in the road less traveled you will always be confronted with decisions and choices. No one to tell you what to do and you just jump and do your best. It is so worth it because life is too important to ask "how high" when someone else asks you to jump.


Posted By Name withheld
Uncertanity is good
My daughter is 17 and is now expected to choose a college and a career path—and boy she is stuck, big time! Do we really need to make a lifetime decision at 17? I don’t think so. I’m understanding about my daughters uncertainty, so I told her to just choose any direction she feels most tugged to and later on she can always change majors—big deal! I started off in art, and a few years later, after I experienced the world a bit, I switched to psychology. I’ve been a psychologist for 30 years, plus I just had my first art gallery showing this year. I get to experience both of my passions as a result of being confused and uncertain when I was 17. (I'm a first time commentor, long time reader)


Posted By Thomas
personal choice
I too made a youthful decision to commitment to a career in music. Although it’s been a rough ride at times, and although I make a very decent living, I have not yet achieved my big impossible dream. However I am committed to the choice I made 13 years ago, and no matter how it plays out I’m on this beautiful ride forever.


Posted By Ziggy
perfect timing
Wow! Did I ever need to hear this today! Thank you!


Posted By Beth
Choose wisely
I love the reminder...it says how important our choices are. Yet the content of your story encourages us to make them. Thank You!

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