We live in an information-rich, time-poor world. Daily pressures can make us feel like one of B.F. Skinners’ rats In other words, we see an opportunity (stimulus) and we jump at it (response).

The great thing about being human (aside from our ability to use a TV remote) is that we can exercise choice. So unlike one of B.F. Skinner’s rats, our human behavior equation is: Stimulus > Choice > Response.

The challenge is that sometimes you move so fast we whoosh right past your choice and feel like you are simply reacting to the multitude of stimuli – demanding customers, boss’ deadlines, screaming kids, requests to volunteer, web page pop up ads, Facebook status changes, email notifications, GPS voices telling you to “veer right”, text tones, and on and on.

So, to help you intentionally respond to inbound opportunities and requests, here are four useful questions:

  1. Does it interest me?
  2. Do I have the resources (skills, money, contacts, knowledge) to make a positive impact?
  3. Do I have the time (our most precious resource) for it?
  4. Can I make the personal commitment necessary to be successful or fulfill the demands?

These questions reveal a thought process that highly successful people use to live intentionally. They never lose sight of the “C” – choice.

The choice is yours.  Your success can be accidental or intentional. Choose to live intentionally.