If you have ever watched the game show, “Lets Make a Deal” you may be familiar with the part of the game that is called, “Big Deal”. This is a portion of the show in which each contestant can participate in the selection of three doors which will reveal a prize, once the contestant has chosen a door to open. In this game, behind every door a prize is given a certain value. It is based on a sequence of the highest valued prize, to the least. Once the contestant has chosen, then the announcer builds suspense by asking the question, “What is behind door #_?” The contestant then sees whether or not the door that they have chosen was worth it, or if it would have been beneficial to choose another. This game essentially boils down to coming to a decision of what is believed to be a correct or incorrect choice. Each contestant is encouraged to take a moment to carefully decide, so that they can maximize their opportunity. Choosing unwisely, may result in obtaining a prize that is perhaps of lower a value instead of getting the prize that is valued as the highest.
In our lives, there are moments where we can be active participants in choosing a path or a doorway that may or may not lead to opportunity. Just like each contestant has a set of options or doors available, we too will have similar opportunities set before us. It may be a job opening, a potential relationship, or a life altering decision that involves the course that your life will take. We are all faced with periods of selection, but we must come to a conclusion as to which door or opportunity we will accept or deny. There are a few things we must keep in mind when we have options that we are given:
1. Every door that opens is not necessarily the door we should walk through – Sometimes, we will receive an invitation to accept an offer which essentially means, the opportunity is available for our taking. However, just because you are given the open door, does not mean that the door is rightfully yours to walk through. Just as in the game show “Let’s Make a Deal”, every door that is shown does not yield a positive result. There are many doors, but they are not all meant for us to walk through. Some opportunities that arise, may be doors that could prove to be unsatisfactory or even to our detriment. For example, you may be in a relationship that you think has the potential to reach marriage. However, deep inside of your heart, you realize that the relationship you are in isn’t necessarily the right one for you. So, it leaves you with a decision to make. Many doors open, but we must be willing to recognize when a door or opportunity is beneficial and when it isn’t.
2. Choose carefully and wisely – With each major decision of life, it calls for a careful consideration of our options. Of course with the example of “Let’s Make a Deal” each door that the contestant is shown, is quite ambiguous because the prize or item is not revealed until the choice is made. However, sometimes we can see just what we would be getting if we choose before we decide to walk through each door or make a choice. Life can provide moments of warning or even confirmation before we actually choose our path. It is important not to ignore warning signs, because doing so might cause you to make an incorrect choice. Or, on the flip side there are signs of confirmation which may mean that you can see the positive outcome from choosing a specific opportunity. However, in any case you must consider your options. Make a personal tally of the perceived positive or negative consequences that might come if you choose. Once you have carefully considered the cost, then you must proceed. It is the wise individual that leaves nothing to chance, but looks at each opportunity with purpose and clarity.
3. Take a leap of faith – Finally, once you have decided you must then take a step in the direction you have chosen. Sometimes, we may not always know what will happen if we choose a certain path, but it takes a willingness to believe that you have made the correct decision. Each contestant on “Let’s Make a Deal” that chooses a door, does so based on a belief that the door they open will result in a positive outcome. To believe and to step into an opportunity, is to lay down all of your inhibitions. It requires that you move out of your comfort zone, and into an area that may be unknown. Sometimes, accepting or even denying an opportunity is a major risk. However, it is better to make a calculated decision while having a belief that the decision you have made was for the best.
In your life, you will be challenged and given opportunities that may or may not be for you to accept. Some doors that open unto you, will be for your benefit – while other doors are meant for you to walk away from. The key is understanding that you can choose even before you walk into a situation. It would be a mistake to get too involved or walk in a path that was not meant for you, only to find that you have lost time and energy. Instead, it is better to constantly choose with the best possible ending in mind. Even if you make a mistake by choosing the wrong opportunity, you can use your decision to assist you in avoiding future blunders. However, if you can’t seem to come to a conclusion on your own, it is admonished that you seek wise counsel from those who have your best interest at heart. At the end of the day however, the choice is yours and yours alone. Choosing the correct door, isn’t easy but if you are open to going in the right direction you will choose carefully and wisely before your decision is made.