Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Seven Decisions - Number 1

A note from peter@thewealthyattitude.com for Wednesday September 24 2008

Welcome to the midweek point, and it brings us to one of my very favorite events of the year.

Since reading Andy Andrew’s inspiring work “The Travelers Gift” in 2005, I have engaged each of his Seven Decisions from the book in every aspect of my life. These great lessons have served to guide me through many changes and growth in my day-to-day life experience, and to Andy I will be eternally grateful.

In honor of his work, we elected to bring to you each year those Seven Decisions so that you get to re-visit their power, or if you are a new subscriber, to embrace them for the very first time. Either way, their message holds true for everyone who considers the effect of integrating them into daily life.

The Seven Decisions will be delivered to you, one each day for the next seven days, in pdf format that has been designed to be printed off and hung proudly in your office. As you embrace their truths, you’ll find emerging within you a whole new power with which to design your days.

Here we go with the first one.

Andy Andrews
1. The Buck Stops Here - I am responsible for my past and my future

Never again will I blame my parents, my boss, or other employees for my present situation. Neither my education nor lack of one, my genetics, or the circumstantial ebb and flow of everyday life will affect my future in a negative way. If I allow myself to blame these uncontrollable forces for my lack of success, I will be forever caught in a web of the past. I will look forward. I will not let my history control my destiny. I accept responsibility for my past. I am responsible for my success. My decisions have always been governed by my thinking. Therefore, I am where I am today-mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and financially - because of how I think. Today I will begin the process of changing where I am -by changing the way I think.

My thoughts will be constructive, never destructive. My mind will live in the solution of the future. It will not dwell in the problems of the past. I will seek the association of those who are working and striving to bring about positive changes in the world. I will never seek comfort by associating with those who have decided to be comfortable.

When faced with an opportunity to make a decision-I will make one. I understand that God did not put in me the ability to always make right decisions. He did, however, put in me the ability to make a decision and then make it right. The rise and fall of my emotional tide will not deter me from my course. When I make a decision I will stand behind it. My energy will go into making the decision. I will waste none on second thoughts. My life will not be an apology. It will be a Statement!

In the future when I am tempted to ask "Why Me" I will immediately counter with the answer, Why Not Me?

Challenges are gifts, opportunities to learn! Problems are the common threads running through the lives of great men and women. In times of adversity, I will not have a problem to deal with; I will have a choice to make. My thoughts will be clear. I will make the right choice. Adversity is preparation for Greatness! I will accept this preparation.

Why Me? Why Not Me? I will be prepared for something Great. I accept responsibility for my past. I control my thoughts. I control my emotions. I am responsible for my success.

The Buck Stops Here!

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