Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is but one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues forth from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.
Success is a Choice
Now I know this sounds simple, but don’t get lost on its simplicity. For it is the most powerful of principles….and the foundation that everything you do will rest upon. If you’re reading this post while there are distractions around you, stop.
If you’re multitasking right now or just skimming this post, then stop and get to a quiet place with no interruptions or distractions and really “drink in” every word of the above quote…I don’t want to get too deep into the processes behind quantum physics, positive psychology or neuroscience. There are plenty of fantastic books that can help you with a more in-depth understanding of this principle. My vision for this blog is for it to be a tool for you to take action NOW. I’m giving you enough information to for you to make a move. With that said, here’s a simplified explanation of how our brain works.
The Omnipotent Power of Decision
Success is about the moment you make the unwavering, uncompromising and unshakable choice to succeed. It’s a moment. When you can feel every fiber in your body aligned with some form of the following, “I am successful in designing my ideal life, and will settle for nothing less…”success then becomes connecting the dots. The difference between connecting the dots on a page and connecting the dots leading to the life you desire is that all the dots that connect us to our destiny are not always visible from the outset. In other words and the great news is that you don’t have to know all of HOW it will happen answers to DECIDE that we’re going to MAKE it HAPPEN. In fact, you typically do not know the steps.
The foundational power, the power that compels us to begin is in the decision to be successful (in whatever way you have clearly defined success). The decision itself opens the doors to the field of limitless possibility. A decision, be it positive or negative sends your brain into action. Your brain sees its job as finding and drawing your attention to everything in your environment to make what you have decided to focus on “true.”
Your NEW definition of the word decide
What do the words pesticide, suicide, homicide, germicide, and genocide have in common? Yes, they all end in the suffix, -cide. And what do all words that end in the suffix, -cide have in common? They are all associated with death. Stay with me…Now, let’s take Webster’s definition of the word decide:
Webster’s definition of decide:
- a: to make a final choice or judgment about
- b: to select as a course of action
- d: to bring to a definitive end
- e: to induce to come to a choice
Now, I’m going to gift to you the Ken Williams’ definition of the word decide, and the only definition you should use from this moment forward. A definition that will change your life when you internalize it. One that starts providence moving in your life. You will never use the word decide the same way again.
Ken Williams’ definition of decide: To put ALL other options to DEATH. Read it again and let it just wash over you….To put ALL other options to DEATH. Do you feel what I’m feeling at this very moment? Do you feel what I’m feeling every time I read this definition? Every time I speak it? Once you have committed your mind, body, and spirit to an idea, all that’s left is to uncover, discover and create all the resources to make it possible. Think about a time in your life when you were left with NO choices but to MAKE IT HAPPEN! You gave yourself NO other options but to get it done, how did you feel in that moment?
Do any of these descriptors resonate with you? I’m certain they do, along with some others. When you practice this principle and see it work in your life in minor areas, you will come to understand that the principle is universal, and can be applied to create quantum change in your life. When I evoke this principle, a feeling of inevitability washes over me. I smile inside understanding that while I may not know the next 10 steps of my journey, they will be revealed in time. What this means for you is this:
- Success is the moment you make the decision to put all other options to death.
- Success is the moment when nothing short of your ideal life is acceptable to you.
- Success is the moment when you decide to do whatever it takes to make it real in your life.
Once you make that decision, once ALL other OPTIONS have been put to death, then your brain and the universe will conspire to make what you focus on materialize.
Your reticular activating system (RAS) is calibrated to find what you need to make what you’re truly committed to happen. Don’t you find it strange how many cars like the one you drive were suddenly on the road soon after you purchased yours? Almost as if 500 other people decided to buy the same car, the same day. That’s your RAS working. The cars you saw were always there but your brain was not programmed to notice them. Once you decide on anything (positive or negative), your brains task is to filter out everything around you except those persons, places, and resources that are aligned with your focus.
You get what you want when:
- you have a clear detailed picture of what you want
- you focus on that ideal and compelling picture
- you envision the result as if it has already come to pass
- you take ACTION when opportunities are presented to you
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Create a Life-Goal Knock Out Chart
This is a strategy I’ve adapted from some of Mark Victor Hansen’s work. It takes between 15-20 minutes. Write down 101 life goals, from the smallest goals to the most outrageous ones. No editing or second guessing….just flow and write!
Goals can be as small as painting a room or as large as opening the business you’ve always dreamed about.
Once your list is complete, then assign each goal a deadline. Whether the timelines you set are a few hours away or a few years away, this list will highlight your areas of interest and will serve to guide the way you spend your time and energy. Refer to it often and celebrate each goal you ‘knock out!’
Ken Williams is a speaker, trainer, author and breakthrough coach. He is a contributing author to The Collaborative Administrator. He is Chief Visionary Officer of Unfold The Soul, a company dedicated to helping individuals make the life they have, the life they want. Unfold The Soul also supports teams and organizations function at peak performance. Click Here to subscribe to The Breakthrough Blog.