Success is a conscious decision. Whatever one wants to have in their life, they must decide to want it first. We make decision every day, from small ones to big ones, but how often do we find ourselves really carrying out what we decide to do?
What is a decision?
I see a decision as: the ability to choose something that one wants to do and then doing what is necessary to carry it out.
When we make decisions in everyday life, we don’t really think what will happen. We just do it.
“I decide to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”
“I decide not to go to work today and call in sick.”
“I decide I will do my math homework today.”
“I decide I to say hello to someone on the street.”
“I decide I will ask that girl out.”
“I decide to go to the gym today.”
“I decide to get two hours of work done today.”
“I decide to spend some time with my family.”
“I decide to go to sleep earlier.”
“I decide to influence the world in some way.”
These are all possible things that we think of every day. For the easier decisions, we simply follow through. If one can apply themselves to power of decision, it can make them really successful in anything they wish to do. There are two rules that I believe will help.
1. Carrying Out the Decision
How many times do we make a decision and then suddenly something comes up, and we end up not doing it. This is why I added the word “conscious” in front of decision, because when we are truly aware of our decisions, we won’t let it slide. We don’t let something that comes up stop the decision from carrying forth. A decision isn’t supposed to be wishy-washy.
Besides the last one, the examples provided above were quite simplistic. However, some decisions we require much more thinking to carry it out.
If one decided that they wanted to create a very successful business, they must consider all aspects to realistically getting there. It’s not as simple as deciding to go to bed later, even though the same concept of decision applies. But when that decision happens, it’s like snapping the fingers and saying, “I have made the decision to do this and carry it out no matter what” (without harming someone else in the process of doing so of course).
2. Making Decisions Quickly
Another thing about success is the ability to make decisions quickly. Making decisions quickly shows that one is decisive and has proactive qualities. Even though sometimes a result of a decision will end up failing, it is better than not carrying the decision out, which violates rule 1.
We make hundreds of decisions weekly, from checking our emails or going on Facebook to actually getting work done if you happen to work on the computer. These are all decisions that we make that affect our productivity level.
The biggest reason why we don’t make decisions in my opinion is because we fear something out of it; this produces anxiety, so we end up putting it off. This usually comes whenever we hear or see some other person doing something successful and we want to do it too, but we never make the conscious decision of starting, or when we feel good about ourselves (which could be many months later).
Napoleon Hill, in his book Think and Grow Rich, said that one of the major causes of failure is the lack of a well defined power of decision, “Men who succeed reach decisions promptly, and change them, if at all, very slowly. Men who fail reach decisions, if at all, very slowly, and change them frequently, and quickly.”
In conclusion, we have many choices in our life and these choices shape our future. But it is our ability to decide today, to make a conscious decision in the moment, that ultimately turns a thought that we have into reality.