The Only Decision You Ever Need to Make.
There are tough decisions you have to make in life.
Most of them you get to make on your own.
Other decisions your brain automatically makes for you -- like the right way to take your next breath of oxygen or if you should run into oncoming traffic.
Making these decisions is not as automatic as you might suspect. Despite the amazing computing power of your brain, momentary decisions are complex. They require a keen sense of priority and rely on your memory of past experiences.
Factors like being in a different location or time of day can lead to dramatically different decisions.
Some of those are bad decisions.
Which only makes the decisions you have to make even more difficult.
Add confusion and timing to the mix and everything gets even harder. What might have been a brilliant strategy any other day but today is suddenly a recipe for disaster.
So what are you to do?
- Do you need to think about things longer?
- Do you need to ask for more help from the experts?
- Do you need to analyze the data from more angles?
What do you do?
You only need to make one decision.
Instead of letting confusion and past frustration make your choices even more confusing, you focus on the only thing that matters.
You decide, that no matter what happens, you're not going to give up.
That's the only decision that really ever matters.
It might seem that there are other more complex decisions. It might appear like you being successful requires a lot more thought than that.
But, it's really that simple.
Not giving up has always been the secret to making the right decisions and achieving the success that you want for you.
- Sigmund Freud was booed off stage the first time he presented his theories to a group of scientists in Europe. He went on to win the Goethe Award for his work in psychology.
- Abraham Lincoln went off to fight in the Black Hawk War as a captain and returned home demoted as a private. He went on to become Commander in Chief.
- Winston Churchill failed his sixth grade and lost every public election he ever ran in for more than six decades. He went on to become Prime Minister at the age of sixty-two.
- Albert Einstein didn't speak until he was four, couldn't read basic words until he was seven, and was expelled from school. He went on to revolutionize physics with his theory of relativity.
- Henry Ford failed at farming, being an apprentice, and as a machinist -- going bankrupt five times. He went on to modernize mass production.
- Stan Smith was rejected as a ball boy for a David Cup tennis match because he was "too clumsy". He went on to win eight Davis Cup championships and is considered one of the greatest doubles tennis players of all time.
- Charles Schultz had every cartoon rejected that he submitted to his high school yearbook and was rejected by Walt Disney. He went on to create the most popular cartoon series ever.
- Van Gogh only sold a single painting his entire life -- to a friend's sister for about $50. He went on to paint over 800 masterpieces; seven of which are worth together almost $1 billion.
- Leo Tolstoy flunked out of law school and was labeled "unable to learn" by his professors. He went on to become one of the world's greatest novelists.
- John Creasey failed as a salesman, a desk clerk, a factory worker, and an aspiring writer -- getting 754 rejection notices by publishers. He went on to write more than 600 novels and is considered one of the greatest mystery writers ever.
- Hank Aaron failed his tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers and went 0-5 his first game in Major League Baseball. He went on to hit more home runs than anyone ever in baseball.
The decision was to continue.
To persevere. To reach down deep and pull together the guts to try one more time.
There are a lot of things that you can't control. There are a lot of things you can't plan for.
But here is one thing to remember:
You can't be stopped if you won't quit.
And while that might sound like hype or something a little too "touchy feely", it will change how you live your life.
It will set you free.
- You don't need to worry about what next step to take as long as you take a next step.
- You don't need to worry about making mistakes as long as you're determined to keep trying.
- You don't need to worry about if you're going to be successful when you just keep moving that direction.
The decision is really easy.
You keep trying.
You don't give up.
You fight for what you want for you.
Everything else will take care of itself.