Andy Andrews discusses his fourth success principle, the Decided Heart. Essentially, in any endeavor, we begin by making a decision. The decision process takes us through the pros and cons of possible solutions and guides us to the best alternative solution. Now it is time to follow through.
A decided heart does not worry about being criticized or condemned. Those are just someone else’s opinions, and we know what opinions are. We have all the information we could gather, we may have checked with our mentors or Board of directors, and now we made a decision and it is the time to follow through.
A decided heart does not procrastinate. Our passion drives us toward our vision. We can imagine what t will be like when we complete our task. The finish line is always in sight. Every day brings us closer to our dreams and where we want to be. What excitement every new day brings.
Once you decide on your path, your life will never be the same. People will see the passion in your eyes and will want to follow you either out of curiosity or their search for their own vision of the future.
I have read in several places that we should think Big. Why shoot for the moon when you could shoot for the stars? There is another saying, if you do not know the destination, you will never get there. So, if you do not shoot for your dreams, where will you end up?
Remember that you should not hedge your success, your dreams, on the opinions or even the permission of others. Although other people can offer wisdom, it still comes down to what you want in your life for you and your family.
When faced with a problem or roadblock, the decided heart looks for a solution to the problem. The undecided heart looks for an escape. What so you do when you are faced with a roadblock to your dreams?
You have to sell yourself on the dream, and then you can sell others on the dream. This is the path of successful people. It is interesting to note that Andrews studied successful people by reading and listening. He found that successful people faced challenges along the way to their dreams. But they stuck to their game plan and ultimately achieved what they wanted to achieve. In The Seven Decisions, he notes authors that were rejected time and time again only to persevere and become famous with their books.
So, make a decision and then grab onto the passion of your heart and get it done.