Decisions, decisions, decisions. It seems that everyday we are faced with decisions about everything – what to wear, what to eat, who to love, when to have or not to have a baby, to get a new job or stay with our current one. So what’s the “trick” to making decisions? Better yet, what’s the “trick” to sticking with the decisions you make?
Let me give an example, you tell a friend about your life long desire to take a trip to Italy, where your ancestors are from. Your friend says, “Me too, let’s go!” Invariably, you will start to list all the reasons why you can’t go – the money, getting time off work, you don’t have the right luggage, etc. Here’s the thing, all those negatives are holding you back and you won’t go to Italy. BUT, if you make the decision to go, guess what – you will find a way to get the money, time off, the luggage – everything you need to make the trip.
The most important step is to make the actual decision, then you will be able to move toward making it happen. Have confidence in yourself and your choices. Don’t let negative thoughts hold you back. Tell yourself that you deserve the life and happiness you want. Keep telling yourself that – no more negative thoughts. Don’t give up on your hopes and dreams.
I learned a tremendous amount about decision making from one of my mentors, Bob Proctor. Bob is one of the founders of the Proctor Gallagher Institute. I subscribe to his streaming club which I attend weekly. Let me share with you some of his insights:
- Decision makers are not afraid of making an error. If and when they make an error in their decisions, or fail at something, they have the ability to shrug it off. They learn from the experience but they will never submit to the failure.
- You and I must realize that our thoughts ultimately control every decision we make. You are the sum total of your thoughts. By taking charge this very minute, you can guarantee yourself a good day. Refuse to let unhappy, negative people or circumstances affect you.
- Take the first step in predicting your own prosperous future. Build a mental picture of exactly how you would like to live. Make a firm decision to hold on to that vision and positive ways to improve everything will begin to flow into your mind.
Until next time, enjoy your life and have faith in your decisions.