Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Leigh Skead Proserpine, Queensland, Australia

Posted: 2016-04-18

Those who reach DECISIONS promptly and definitely, know what they want, and generally get it.

Those who reach DECISIONS promptly and definitely, know what they want, and generally get it. The leaders in every walk of life DECIDE quickly, and firmly.
That is the major reason why they are leaders. The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.

INDECISION is a habit which usually begins in youth.
The habit takes on permanency as the youth goes through graded school, high school, and even through college, without DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE.
The major weakness of all educational systems is that they neither teach nor encourage the habit of DEFINITE DECISION.
It would be beneficial if no college would permit the enrollment of any student, unless and until the student declared his major purpose in matriculating.

It would be of still greater benefit, if every student who enters the graded schools were compelled to accept training in the HABIT OF DECISION, and forced to pass a satisfactory examination on this subject before being permitted to advance in the grades. The habit of INDECISION acquired because of the deficiencies of our school systems, goes with the student into the occupation he chooses... fact, he chooses his occupation. Generally, the youth just out of school seeks any job that can be found. He takes the first place he finds, because he has fallen into the habit of INDECISION. Ninety-eight out of every hundred people working for wages today, are in the positions they hold, because they lacked the DEFINITENESS OF DECISION to PLAN A DEFINITE POSITION, and the knowledge of how to choose an employer.

DEFINITENESS OF DECISION always requires courage, sometimes very great courage. The person who reaches a DEFINITE DECISION to procure the particular job, and make life pay the price he asks, does not stake his life on that decision; he stakes his ECONOMIC FREEDOM. Financial independence, riches, desirable business and professional positions are not within reach of the person who neglects or refuses to EXPECT, PLAN, and DEMAND these things.

It is interesting that 98% people are in jobs by default not decision and the majority of people are not enjoying their work through to loathe their work.  
Training students in the habit of DECISION MAKING would lead to a whole lot more happiness in their work which would grow to more happiness in the world. 

Another habit/belief to develop to co-exist with decision making is that it is OK to FAIL, too many don't making a decision worried about failure and then embarrasment.
This then leads to teaching and really ingraining "Your opinion of me in none of my business."
Which comes full circle back to if students were guided to determine their 
DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE they would grow  a vision that exudes an inner strength, they would know what they want, which allows them to be more comfortable to stand by their decisions.

Leigh Skead
DECISIONS    chapter 8      Think & Grow Rich