I choose to live by choice, not chance, to be motivated, not manipulated, to be useful, not used, to make changes, not excuses, to excel, not compete.
I choose self-esteem, not self-pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, not to the random opinion of others. I choose to do the things that you won't, so I can continue to do the things that you can't.
We all have to make choices in our lives. No one else can make these choices for you; it is you who decides. Others can try to persuade you. They can try to manipulate you into doing one thing or another, but they cannot MAKE you do anything. You choose how you will live your life.
The problem is that many people simply don't take the time to choose wisely; they merely go with the flow and give very little thought to exactly how they will live their lives. While this in and of itself is a choice, it is not a choice that will lead to excellence.