Are you relying on luck and random acts to determine your life, or are you making conscious decisions and steering your own ship? These are two dramatically different ways to live; the former is not effective or enjoyable. Anxiety, uncertainty, and dissatisfaction can be found in abundance. The latter method is much more practical and satisfying.
1Entropy Is Your Enemy
Entropy is the idea that all systems have a gradual decline into disorder. A sandcastle tends to fall apart over time. You won't see a sandcastle spontaneously rise from the beach. A clean room becomes more cluttered over time; it won't become less cluttered on its own.
If you're living by choice, you're adding energy into your life and moving in a predetermined direction where there's a regular improvement. This is all that's needed to overcome the effects of entropy. You can outrun the pull into disorder.
If you're living by chance, you lack direction. Your life is always becoming more disordered. It's only when your discomfort is big enough that you'll get busy and make it tolerable again, but it will never be excellent. You deserve more than this type of life will ever provide.
2Great Things Rarely Happen By Accident
The best things in life rarely happen by accident. The odds of anyone becoming a brain surgeon, movie star, astronaut, or president are slim without intention. All of these things require a plan.
If you're living by choice, you know what you want, and you're making it happen. You have a pretty good idea of what your life will look like in the future. Anything is possible with enough time and effort.
If you're living by chance, you likely have a job you don't want, and you're living a life you don't enjoy. You spend a lot of your effort putting out fires to keep your life the same. Life becomes one minor catastrophe after another.
3A Great Life Requires Some Thought
It's hard to get what you want if you don't know what you want. If you don't realize what you want, you're stuck with whatever you get. If you're living by choice, you're able to set goals. Attaining them creates the life you desire, step by step.
If you're living by chance, you don't set goals. Failing to choose the direction of your life means not being clear on your desires. Without a target, you're just drifting through life.
4A Balanced Life Requires Consistency
Consistency is vital to enjoying a balanced life. It's not just important to be consistent; one has to be consistent effectively. Watching five hours of TV each night is logical but not productive.
If you're living by choice, you are in the position to take worthwhile, consistent action. A good career, body, social life, or anything else requires consistency, day after day. Making choices about your life provides the opportunity to be consistent in an efficient manner.
If you're living by chance, you're consistently inconsistent. Your life is too random to make progress in any meaningful way. The only consistent part of your life is passivity.
Choose the life you want to live as any other alternative leads to unsatisfactory results. Make decisions and choose to stick with them. Live a life that you've designed and avoid living life by default. You can create a much more satisfying and enjoyable experience with choice than you'll ever achieve through chance alone. Be bold and choose your life; you'll be glad you did.