If we were to look at the tens of thousands of people who have experienced failure, we would find at the very top of the list of reasons the LACK OF DECISION. FACT!
It is procrastination which is the opposite to decision which is the common enemy of all our successes and every one of us MUST conquer it. On the other hand, if we look at the list of successful people who have “made it”, we find they all have one thing in common; they all make quick and definite decisions and then put them into action.
These people reach their decisions quickly and change them slowly, if they ever change them at all. The rest of us tend to make decisions slowly and then change them quickly. The truth is that the majority of people who fail to reach their full potentials are, generally, too easily influenced by the “opinions” of others. They permit the media and gossiping friends to do their thinking for them.
“’Opinions’ are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon anyone who will accept them. If you are influenced by opinions when you reach decisions, you will not succeed in any undertaking, much less in that of transmuting YOUR OWN DESIRE into money.” Napoleon Hill
If you are overly influenced by the opinions of others then you will have no desire of your own.
Keep your plans and your vision to yourself. Take no one into your confidence except those who form your mentor group, your “Master Mind”. Make certain that those in this group are in complete sympathy and harmony with your vision and purpose.
Often your families and friends, while not meaning to, will handicap you through their “opinions” and even through “humour and ridicule”. It is all too frequent that well-meaning but ignorant people have destroyed our confidence through ridicule or opinions.
Have you ever had someone say to you after telling them of your million dollar idea that they hope all goes well for you and then they have that ingratiating smile on their face? You just know that they don’t believe you are capable of it. What they are saying is that they don’t believe for a moment that you are capable of achieving it (in reality they know they aren’t capable and so transfer that belief into you) and they want to say so without actually saying it.
“The ability to control my experiences and have them result in happiness, health, prosperity and success lies in my own mind and my use of it.” Ernest Holmes 1887-1960 “How to Change Your Life.”
I have said in the past that thought, backed by strong desire, demonstrates a tendency to transmute itself into its physical equivalent. This is in fact a scientific law of thought. The great news is that these laws are available to everyone who has the faith and the courage to use them.
Those who reach their decisions promptly and definitely know what they want and generally get it. The leaders of every walk of life decide quickly and firmly. That is of course why they are leaders in the first place.
Definite decision-making requires great courage, sometimes immense courage. But the alternative is mediocrity, sameness and a life of failure. If you want to be all that you were born to be, then DECIDE NOW to be great.
Sit down right now, clear your mind of all the dross of the life around you and look inside of you for what it is that you KNOW you should be doing. Is there an idea inside you that you wish you could start on? START it NOW. Don’t let others decide your life for you. Be the master of your own destiny and the captain of your own soul and just go for it.
If you life via the opinions of others, you will achieve absolutely nothing at the end of your life. And when that day does come, you won’t have regret for the things you’ve done in your life but for the things you haven’t done.
“The ability to attain your goals – to control your experiences and have them result in happiness, prosperity and success – lies in your own mind and the way you use it. This means you control your own experience – you are really in charge of your affairs and the way they are to develop. Let us sum it up this way: My thought is in control of my experience, and I can direct my thinking.” Ernest Holmes
Until next time