"Where you now stand is a result of thoughts and feelings that you have offered before, but where you are going is a result of your perspective of where you now stand." 
~Esther Hicks
Sunday, 24 November 2013 20:48

This one word may be the key to achieving your goals and dreams!

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So we’re 5 weeks away till the New Year. If you’re like most people, you started the year with resolutions and goals that you wanted to accomplish. You started off great, but as the months wore on, your determination started to fade and you found yourself back at square one.

Why is it that some people succeed at reaching their goals while others fall short? Well the answer may lie in the little word decision. Napoleon Hill wrote about this in his classic book Think & Grow Rich and has been something that’s come up a lot for me lately. The need to make a declaration and decide on a given goal is so important. Decide that you WILL accomplish your goal and the Universe will conspire to help you achieve it.

Something that we tend to do and I am so guilty of this is to make a decision and right away second guess it. We sit on the fence for so long before making the decision and then change our minds at the first sign of opposition. We need to learn how to stay committed to the decisions we make and work to its attainment. Let’s take a look at the goal of health and wellness which many people take on at the start of the year. You may have set a goal to workout at least 5 times a week? What happened the first day you felt lazy and did not want to go? Did you stay strong and committed to your goal or did you allow this feeling to take over and then sabotage your entire effort. Because of one day, you gave up on your entire goal. What about that new business you were so excited to start. You said to yourself that 2013 was going to be your year! The year you finally launched it and shared your gifts and service with the world. You started to work on the business, looked to create a website and started looking for customers for your product or service. However, with anything that is worthwhile, hard work sets in and you may have had some setbacks along the way. Did you stay focused on your decision to launch or did you let your setbacks hold you back? Maybe you let well-meaning friends and family members influence your decision and the next thing you know you are putting it off and waiting for the time to be “just right”.

Napoleon Hill wrote that the “careful analysis of thousands of men and women who had experienced failure revealed that LACK OF DECISION was near the head of the list of the 30 Major Causes of Failure.” We are far too easily influenced by the opinions of other people. This influence makes us take on the desires of the world outside of us, rather than following our own inner desires.

I loved the advice from my interview with Michael J. Chase (access interview recording here) where he talks about his move from professional photography to motivational speaker and author. He spoke of the need to make a decision. He says, you have to be 100% in, no matter what! The Universe may bring you challenges, but you have to say yes! After you make the decision, you then focus on the why and not the how. This is imperative and I believe the difference in achieving your goals, because when resistance sets in (which always comes), what most of us tend to do is focus on how we can accomplish it. And because the how we are attached to is not materializing, we get frustrated and give up. However, if we focus on the why, we have the emotional fuel needed to get through those frustrating times. When our why is strong enough, it allows us to stay focused and remain firm in the decisions we made, long enough to see it to completion.

So what decision can you make today to help you finish 2013 strong and set yourself up for an amazing 2014? Share your comments below with us!

 

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