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We make choices every day. No great revelation there. Most of the time the choices go beyond just deciding between chicken and beef for lunch, or choosing what tie to wear for the day. We make choices with moral consequence, choices on taking up responsibility or abdicating it in the alternative of a quick cop-out.

We make choices that impact the lives of others or that determine the productivity of our company or choices that govern the fabric of the society in which we live.

No wonder people get paralysed by decision or choose the easier way out just to avoid the hard part.

As you face the choices that today brings I would ask you to keep a couple of thoughts in your mind as you decide on the path to follow.

Does the choice involve the taking up or giving up of responsibility? The more responsibility you give up the less freedom you have.

Why? Because you are bound by other people’s timeframes and timelines and you’ll abdicate your role of decision making.

A person working in a large organisation who tries to get by doing the least amount of work and skirting around key result areas will have more beady eyes watching her than the guy who takes a two-hour lunch and arrives to work late, but who’s doing more than expected.

Here’s another example, you’ve been servicing your car regularly, this assures you that you can drive and get to meetings, and take vacations without any breakdowns.

Choose to let it slide, throw that responsibility out the window and you trade your freedom for slavery when the car stops working completely and the bill is too great to think about.

Or here is one you’re doing well in your business, but you’ve let the taxes slip.

You think you save more money not paying and you think you are free from the burden.

Then the audit team comes in and you’re a slave – either in a jail cell or paying back the taxes. Responsibility is freedom.

Choose freedom.

Are you making a choice to avoid doing the hard work? Procrastination, creative avoidance, shirking, call it what you will, but avoiding the hard work that will bring success is a road that is destined to lead to failure.

So yes you can spend an hour on Facebook rather than making sales calls. You can go out to lunch rather than hit a deadline for your accountant. But sooner or later the effects of that choice will catch up with you.

Does the choice have a moral consequence to it? If enough of us stood up, raised our hands, and chose to do business with integrity, I believe we could smash corruption and its counterparts in the face.

If we said we’re not going to accept mediocrity in the way we do business. If we said, I’m not going to accept lies from my business partners.

If enough of us said we’re going to do business the right way, then maybe we could make a difference together.

I’m tired of people sending me emails saying sign this NDA (nondisclosure agreement), as though I’m going to steal their idea.

If we enter into new relationships with one another expecting our ideas to get stolen, then we’re setting ourselves up for theft. It’s time to change our culture.

It’s time to start believing in the good of our fellow man. It’s time to stand up and say I’m going to do business the right way and you can get out of my way if you don’t believe in it.

I choose to do business with the people I do business with, and therefore I choose to do business with people who do business honestly and with integrity.

When corruption stops you in the road and demands a bribe, you have a decision to drive your stake in the ground and refuse (no matter the delay).

Refusing becomes easier when your business partner is on the same page and when you have a group who has banded together to make a claim for integrity.

It requires a decision daily. A few of us can stand up and make the choice to change. Who’s with me?

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Source : The Herald