Clark’s Nutcracker, © Photo by Steve Kaye

First Choice


The First Choice You Make


Clark’s Nutcracker, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: First Choice

Clark’s Nutcracker, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado


When I saw this bird, I wondered what choice it had made to perch on that branch. So I asked:

“Hey there, why did you hop up on that branch?”

“Because I knew I could. And that’s also why I can fly – because I know I can.”

“What if you didn’t know you could?”

“Then I’d be stuck on the ground. You see, every choice forward begins with confidence in yourself.

So if you want to rise above where you are, you must know that you can.

You might conclude that knowing you can is the first choice you make on your way to achieving success.”

“Does every bird know this?”

“Of course! Every bird has optimism built into its instinct for survival.”

And with that, the bird flew away.


Hello Everyone,

Please consider this important wisdom.

Your success in any endeavor begins with the belief that you can succeed.

Without this, you would avoid starting. And then you’d invent excuses to explain that choice.

So know that you can. And know that you deserve the rewards that follow.

Because you have the ability to be awesome.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

Find More at:

You Always Have 3 Choices

Choosing Success

Wing Flaps and the Meaning of Flight


Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are two organizations that excel at doing this.

Please visit their web sites to learn about how they are making a difference.

✅ The Trust for Public Land

✅ American Bird Conservancy

Here’s an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation


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4 Comments
  • Teri Rider
    Posted at 10:53h, 08 November

    I love this conversation! “Of course! Every bird has optimism built into its instinct for survival.”
    Wise words.

  • Susan
    Posted at 12:41h, 08 November

    Thank you for your beautiful messages, Steve! You brightened my day today!

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 09:48h, 09 November

    Lovely blog. Thank you as always for your words of wisdom..

  • Gillian Martin
    Posted at 10:50h, 09 November

    Very positive message, as always, Steve. And well-timed since so many folks feel helpless….

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