We’ve covered the first 2 of the 7 Decisions That Determine Personal Success In Recent Posts:
Now we’ll discuss the 3rd Decision: I Am A Person Of Action.
We find ourselves in all sorts of situations on our journey, some we consciously created, and many are results of choices and decisions from our unconscious – habitual responses.
When these circumstances are unpleasant, our brain is likely to perceive them as a threat and can quickly place us in the fight or flight mode because of the hard-wiring in the amygdala section of our brain. Or, sometimes we freeze … not knowing what to do.
So often, we speak of our ability to make changes in our unconscious automatic responses to stimuli by becoming aware of our thought processes and consciously making decisions to our benefit.
If we maintain our all-important vision and consciously make choices and decisions that will move us toward that vision, then we can rest assured that the action we take as a result is “the right thing to do.”
We speak of fight or flight, and yet sometimes as we said above, we freeze … indecision … a third option, although probably temporary.
This dilemma … should I make a stand, should I run away, should I just stand still and maybe it will go away because I don’t know what to do … this is a time when we can practice and develop to capacity to become “unable to do nothing.”
If we train ourselves to NOT do nothing, we then are left with the decisions of standing our ground or running away. And when we are “hell-bent” on realizing our visions, then the only remaining choice is to “press toward the mark.”
That choice … that decision … to take action … is the 3rd of the 7 Decisions That Determine Personal Success, as we said above.
How do we make the changes that will bring us to the decision of being a Person of Action?
- By no longer dwelling on times in the past that we now believe were squandered or missed opportunities.
- By being prepared to seize opportunities (as we discussed in the blog post on Decision #2).
- By being willing to take the required action … even when it is uncomfortable.
Accept that the past is done and we have no control over it. Surely the past can be used as a reference point, but not a place to stay focused on.
Develop our awareness and consciously work on creating a “new me.” Create new habits and tune into the urge to move forward. We are where we are … and we will live going forward from now.
Become a leader … inspire others with your action. “Many people move out the way for a person on the move; others get caught up in the wake.” Create a wave of success for those who follow in your wake.
Be consistent. Be decisive.
Step away from the “comfort” of mediocrity.
Sort the information you take in and reach conclusions. Napoleon Hill wrote that information in and of itself serves no purpose. But information that is organized is what gives us power and a springboard for action.
Abandon fear … it has no place in our lives except to hold us back. Replace fear with courage and proper stubbornness so that we are not dissuaded from our decisions for action.
Rich rewards come to those who take action.
Remember … failure can only occur if we quit.
As the 3rd of the 7 Decisions That Create Personal Success dictates:
“I am a person of action.”
(All from the book, The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews.)
What are your thoughts on the subject? I would love to read your input in the comments.
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