There’s a book, The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success by Andy Andrews, that presents 7 decisions we can make that will enhance and change our lives.
Every day I read something related to home business and/or personal development … well dang near every day … as part of my own educational program.
When I hear of a book that someone recommends, I usually pick it up. Someone, I don’t remember who, recommended The Traveler’s Gift. After having read it, this book has become one of my top 10 all-time favorites.
The Traveler’s Gift discusses 7 decisions that determine personal success, and presents them in a very unique framework which I won’t go into for fear of giving away some of the fun of the book.
Over the next 7 blog posts, I will be discussing these 7 decisions, based on the teachings in this book, and talking about them in terms of personal life and business life.
These are tough decisions that separate the women from the girls, the men from the boys, success from mediocrity.
So let’s get into it …..
Here’s the first decision:
The buck stops here … I will not let my history control my destiny.
This decision requires having the courage and the guts to take responsibility … responsibility for one’s situation in life … mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and financially. By taking responsibility for one’s choices and decisions, we place ourselves in charge of our circumstances.
It requires flipping from the belief of “Look what happened to me” to “Look what I created … good and bad.” This shift in thinking moves from a perspective of blame and victimhood to a place of responsibility and control.
Our path of choices has led us to where we are. When we realize that truth and accept responsibility, we free ourselves for bigger things in the future because we become aware that we are in charge.
“I am responsible for my success.”
And here’s how the progression goes: my thoughts and beliefs … my choices and decisions … my actions … my situation.
If we find that out lives are not fulfilling … our relationships, vocation, housing, etc … we need to remember that we created those situations which means that we have the power to change them.
In our business world … if we are not as successful as we would like to be … we need to ask ourselves: do we have our goal set out with a plan to get there and do we take action every day toward that end?
Do we have realistic expectations … knowing that it will take time and require consistent and persistent work no matter what?
Are we placing ourselves in the company of others who want to be successful and bring about positive change in the world? (Are we allowing ourselves to not stay stuck in “comfort” by not associating with those who aim to remain in mediocrity?)
There’s no need for second thoughts and second-guessing ourselves. In other words … no apology for our lives.
We must learn to look at challenges as opportunities. That’s not always easy to do … but we can learn to reframe those “speed bumps” into stimuli or catalysts for us to redirect ourselves and create even greater things for ourselves.
Think of the many stories of successful and influential people who faced poverty, ridicule, losses and “failures” … Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Joe Vitale, Jerry Hicks, Louise Hay … to name a few.
Can we view challenges as choices to make … rather than problems to deal with?
Keep in mind that adversity is preparation for greatness!
I hope you found the first of the 7 decisions that determine personal success interesting or helpful. I invite you to follow the series of 6 more decisions that determine personal success in the posts to follow.
See you there,
PS. Do join our Newsletter which includes tips and information to help you get traction and grow your business.