Your Choices Shape Your Chances

Things will go wrong, they always do. Can you handle distractions or setbacks without folding like a lawn chair? To get to the next level you will need exceptional mental agility and decisiveness.

Decisiveness is the ability to make decisions quickly, firmly and clearly.

I watched another ‘aha’ interview with the great Tiger Woods. He told the journalist that his father taught him how to discipline his mind and stay focused on the next shot regardless the circumstance. Apparently his dad would harass him while preparing and making his swing. He made loud noises, dropped clubs, and got in his face, anything to knock him out of the zone. Tiger’s living legacy is proof that mental training pays off.

Flat out Wrong!

Many of your decisions will be flat out wrong. So what! Successful people are faith driven, they know that eventually they will hit on the things that work. Accuracy comes with practice. Extraordinary performances in your career demand rigorous training and a Zen –like resolve. The discipline to separate what you want now, from what you want to have eventually keeps your mind’s eye in the moment where you can have the greatest impact.

Fear driven behavior leads to panic and paralysis. Choices made in this emotional climate are short-term fixes that attract long-term suffering. And even more devastating is the emotional lockdown, indecision. Indecisiveness builds plaques of self doubt and eventually clogs the arteries of creativity.

Thoughts alone do not move the universe but your thoughts move you to speak, to act and to be attracted to resources and opportunities that will get you to the next step in your career. While it is clear that we do not have control over the thoughts that pop into our head; we can take charge once we are aware of them. We choose to feed or starve them. That’s power.

Simple Questions

When deciding on a course of action whether it is hiring a staff, a coach, or attending a seminar. Ask yourself the following profoundly simple questions and then act:

  • Is my dream worth the effort?
  • Does it really make a difference one way or another with the people in my life? (My spouse, my family, my staff and our patients)
  • Is this a part of my problem or a piece of the solution?
  • Will doing this move me closer or further away from my longer term goal?

Now hear this. Evidence from every success story I know about can be summarized by the following statement.

If you are not willing to put your personal savings and time into your dream, you really don’t want what you say you do.