The bottom line is this: What you choose is what you get. Five years from today, you will be exactly the same person you are today except for the choices you make beginning right now.
You make a lot of choices every day—what to wear, what to have for breakfast, which route to drive to work, etc. Those are transactional choices.
But you can also choose at any point to transform your life. Those transformational choices are wise decisions that can change the direction of your life—putting your life on a path to success… and more importantly… significance.
The people who I admire most don’t live their lives by a “to-do” list; they live their lives by a “to-be” list, for example: I want to be more generous, more patient, more learned, more reasoned.
While you can check things quickly off a “to-do” list, it may be several months before you cross something off your “to-be” list. And here’s the other side of the coin: You can’t have a “to-be” list, without having a “stop doing” list. To become something, you must undo something…acting on an item from your “stop doing” list.
Those who live by a “to-be” list have discovered wisdom…an education that serves them well for life.
From Seven Choices for Success and Significance by Nido R. Qubein