Students at The St Michael School were recently taught about the power of their choices and the impact those choices can have on their day-to-day lives as the Martindales Road institution welcomed The Power of Choice initiative.
The timely lessons were recently delivered by Managing Director of the Freemind Institute and President of Power of Choice Inc Errol Griffith alonng with former student 19-year-old Samuel Boston who benefitted significantly from the programme.
The Power of Choice initiative seeks to ensure that students develop the value of discipline, peace, happiness, respect and hardwork.
Students learn key principles including the power of choice, making wise choices, overcoming mistakes and working with others.
Boston, a former student of The Lodge School, shared that he better appreciated his power of choice, after hearing Griffith speak at a prefects’ seminar in October 2015.
He said that he immediately made a decision to better exercise the power of choice that he always had but never before understood, to improve his personal relationship with God, place more focus on his studies and seek to overcome being shy and introverted.
According to Samuel, his effort reaped results beyond anything he ever imagined. He was selected to represent The Lodge at the Global Youth Leaders conference in three European countries in summer 2016 and was selected to be Head Boy for the academic year 2016-2017.
“These were unlikely to have happened if I did not make the choice to change. The Power Of Choice is a tool that can reach anyone, at any stage of their life. So much of your growth and elevation is in your own hands,” Boston said.
Griffith told the attentive students that he understood how powerful his choices were at a young age and he felt inspired to share that understanding with all students in Barbados in comprehensive and innovative ways.
“I decided at thirteen that I was going to seek to be happy for the rest of my life. More and more I became adamant that my personal happiness should never be dependent on persons and circumstances that I can never control.”
He added, “I had no clue that innocent decision back then could influence so many positive results in my last forty-one years.”
“I want each one of you to have a way better life that I have had,” Griffith said to students. “It is largely about choices!”