What is a defining moment?
Here’s some words to describe a defining moment:
- life-changing events
- critical choices
- crisis points
- unchangeable actions
- personal definitions
- pivot points
You can see by the above words that “change” almost always occurs in these instances.
Defining moments usually happen very quickly, sometimes in the blinking of an eye.
They are unalterable. They are memorable and you’ll usually remember the exact date and sometimes the exact hour that your defining moment occurred.
Our choices help define these events.
They are either negative or positive but rarely neutral.
Negative moments can come as a result of weather, other people, catastrophic or un-forcasted events such as a hurricane, a school shooting or even an unplanned pregnancy
Positive moments can happen quickly or come about after much planning and preparation such as a graduation or winning an olympic event after much training. They may come from a new job or a simple promotion or they may be the result of a complete career change.
Here’s a few more definitions of a defining moment:
- a memorable, life changing decision, event, or action that alters the course of our life (my definition)
- simple moments that define who we are
Dictionary.com – An event that typifies or determines all subsequent related occurrences
- What does defining moments mean? An event, action, or decision that results in a significant change for a person, institution, community, country or the world. (Wiki Answers)
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