Johnny Ray Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines
Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million dollar mark, disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of REACHING DECISIONS PROMPTLY, and of changing these decisions SLOWLY, if, and when they were changed. People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, IF AT ALL, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.
One of the reasons I love Think and Grow Rich lessons is it allows self evaluation. Questions to ask myself: do I make decisions promptly or do I take time in making decisions? Do I stick with my decisions or do I change them and revert back to old habits when things get difficult (which that’s usually when people revert back to old habits - when it gets hard to stick with the decision)? What is my commitment level to my decisions? Do I make decisions on the tougher things or do I “wait it out”, as some would say? I personally find these questions challenging. Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 - NIV) and Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned. (James 5:12 - NIV) The importance of a decision is pretty important, not just for success, but on a faith level. To flop back and forth from yes to no, it destroys success and shows lack of character. It shows lack of dependability. It shows lack of faith. It shows lack of maturity.
To bring this home, I can get easily distracted. I struggle with decisions in some areas of my life, especially in work ethic. If I don’t have blocked out time and eliminate distractions for that block of time, I can be all over the place and just not accomplish my goals. I’ve tested different areas to help me focus and stay committed to my decisions and I’ve learned the peace that comes with saying ‘NO’ to people who try to pitch me on ideas that do not fit my mission and vision. I’ve learned to say ‘NO’ to people who would be a drain to my business and my mindset. It’s easier to push a rock down a mountain that to push it up one. And if they are the rock, they are only going to push me down, as their desire if for only themselves, seeing me on the top of a mountain would only amplify their failures which is not something they want to feel and experience. For everyone involved, saying ‘NO’ actually benefits us both.
Johnny Ray - Cabuyao, Philippines
“You can do it! It has been done before!”