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The Power of Decision Making

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Decision Making
Do you make decisions based on your fears, or on the contrary, you make decisions based on what you want to happen. Either way, you have made a decision.

The word decision comes from Latin and it literally means “to cut off”. By simply making a decision, we effectively cut out all other possibilities. We make them inaccessible. Remove them from the equation. They are no longer open to us.

This sudden loss of options, the fear that we might make the wrong decision and choose incorrectly, holds us prisoner. Indecision reigns, and in its wake we are left shackled. Unable to move forward, unable to go back. We succumb to analysis paralysis. So you are scared, I know, but if you declare you decision and moved towards it, supportive people and resources will FIND you and everything came into alignment.

Decision is also one of the ten 'Ds' of super success. Napoleon Hill in his book, Think and Grow Rich says this, "Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million dollar mark, disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly, and changing these decisions slowly, if and when they were changed at all.

People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often."

Another Napoleon, Bonaparte, says this: "Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide." The ability to make clear, firm resolute decisions is as precious a gift as life itself.

It is what enables human beings to take control of their lives, to rise above chance and circumstance and to chart a destiny. Those who fail to make conscious choices may as well not have any free will, for they squander the gift of decisiveness.

The successful and happy human being is the one in whom choice is intentional and purposeful. Decision produces results. It can, also be said that the failure to decide is, in itself, a decision, a decision to let your life be governed by event and circumstance.

Decision can be called choice by design. Lack of decisiveness is choice by default. It is also a choice. It is the decision to choose unhappiness, mediocrity and commonality. William James once said, "There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision."

Those who make decisions are the masters of their fate. Those who don't are the servants of fate. Those who decide to become, to enact and to have, according to their own design, are assisted by the laws of creation.

There is an enormous power unleashed by a simple decision. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."Unfortunately, many people miss this important and critical step in life hence they treat their decisions like men treat a TV remote control, constantly changing from one expectation to another.

Decisions should be firm; as in the following example: "I resolve this date of (day, month, year) to do such and such and to stay the course until it is done." Which brings us to Hill's eighth secret of success… persistence. 

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