Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States

Posted: 2018-01-09

Chapter 8 Decision


I believe that the line between good and evil...runs through every one of us, 
and every moment is a choice:  Heal or destroy. --Martha Beck
Sharing healing and caring in the world through being your authentic self 
is the most important thing you can do in 2018. --Marina Ormes

We often confront decisions that are big, life-changing challenges that require lots of thought and effort to arrive at the correct answer.  Sometimes, of course, they are and when we are faced with big decisions and lack the clarity we need to do a good job, we may agonize over which direction to go, helpless to commit ourselves yet terrified of what happens if we don't.  

I expect all of us have been there at one time or another and suffered because we felt so stuck.

What we may forget, as we agonize, is that our day is also filled with many small decisions.  The choice of what time we get up (or how quickly we swing our legs over the side of the bed) is important, even critical.  Our willingness to get ourselves up and going can impact our entire day just like remembering (or not) to say our self-talk.  

So can what we eat for breakfast.  A donut?  Probably not a good choice and one that shoots our blood sugar up and drops it quickly leaving us exhausted and depleted by 10 a.m.  

The fact is, we are always at choice, whether those choices are conscious or, as is often the case, unconscious.  And these small decisions while seemingly not significant in themselves, always impact the larger ones.  

If we are often tired because we regularly make bad food choices, or fail to take good supplements when we need them,  it's a lot more difficult  to be excited about an important task or meeting. If we are tired a lot because we don't get to bed early enough or keep hitting our snooze button in the morning, it can also be difficult to have the energy for enough focus to get our work done.

If we are tired  because we are depressed about all the bad choices we are making, it is difficult to listen well when we are on a call with a client. Instead we may be preoccupied with when we can get off the phone so we can go take a nap.  Or maybe we just don't have the energy we think we need to make the call at all or to be thoughtful in our responses.  It is always difficult to mentor someone else when we don't feel our best.

Lack of focus, scattered thoughts,  depression or anxiety are invitations to the mind chatter that drowns out the voice of Infinite Intelligence, the voice of our higher self.  

When we don't hear the voice, it is difficult to make decisions that move us forward in authentic ways.  

When that happens we block the healing and caring described above and we miss out on opportunities to uplift others and create the kind of world we want to live in, including a level of business success that supports us.  

When fatigue is a daily companion following Hill's advice about making quick and definite decisions becomes very difficult.  And the confusion and fatigue start when we fail to choose wisely with small things like when to get out of bed in the morning.  

Every moment offers a choice, all day long every day, and what is at stake is whether we are a force for evil or a force for good.  Which one will you choose?


Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA