Why do some people succeed, while others remain in a cycle of feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, and angry with themselves for not taking action? In Tony Robbins' book, "Awaken the Giant Within," he discusses the power of a simple, yet focused, decision.
"It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped." -Tony Robbins
Every business, big or small, began with a decision to start and a passion to achieve results. If no decision was ever made, if no person ever had a clear focus and acted upon it, imagine what the world would be like. That is the significance of a decision - our lives are based on what we decide.
The three decisions that control your destiny are:
- Your decisions about what to focus on.
- Your decisions about what things mean to you.
- Your decisions about what to do to create the results you desire.
Many of us do not make conscious decisions. We allow the path of our lives to be controlled by our circumstances - to go with the flow. As a result, our lives become the product of our circumstances, instead of our circumstances being the product of our decisions. But how can we change this, and how can we start to take action?
Tony says that the way to ensure your ultimate success is to decide to use whatever life gives you in the moment (there will never be a "perfect" moment to make a decision).
To create your ultimate life of success:
- Clearly decide what it is that you are absolutely committed to achieving;
- Take massive action;
- Notice what's working or not;
- Change your approach until you achieve what you want.
Start focusing on the long-term instead of the short-term. As a nation, we've become accustomed to short-term instant gratification, and we indulge in things that satisfy our needs only for the moment. If we focus on what we want for the long-run, we can build financial success, better business decisions, and personal choices that will benefit our physical and emotional well-being.
If your ultimate success story involves creating a business that you love, make the decision, and don't leave the scene without first taking one small actionable step. Remember, there are no failures in life, only results from which you can learn. Seek out resources, find a mentor. For those looking into small business ownership, a financial advisor at your credit union will be a credible resource who will point you in the right direction.