When I run my seminars, workshops or coaching with my private clients, one of the questions I get asked frequently is ‘Rag, what is your favourite book’..or if there was 1 book I could recommend….or my favourite read etc..
There are so many books I love being a keen reader but one that stands out for me is ‘The Compound Effect’ by Darren Hardy.
Because throughout the entire book, Darren focuses on the one force that is massively influential for the results, success & breakthroughs we experience in our life/business.
That one force is the power of our Decisions.
As Tony Robbins famously states, ‘It is in our moments of decision that our destiny is shaped‘
As human beings we are decision making machines designed to make hundreds of decisions daily that can empower or disempower us. You’ve made a decision to read this article, eat breakfast (I hope..), drink water, go to work, run your business, want more success in your life etc.
Our whole world is laced with powerful decisions. A number of us experience the luxuries, entertainment, convenience, gifts & resources we have access to as a result of leaders making bold & courageous decisions such as:
-Steve Jobs who decided to add more value and innovate what is possible within the Technology space to create an incredible customer experience through Apple’s products
-Vishen Lakhiani who founded Mindvalley which is ranked as the number 1 place in the world to work due to the amazing workplace culture but also, the impact Mindvalley has on the world through their Personal Development platform & Live Events is truly sensational.
-Jeff Bezos to set up the leading online marketplace that adds incredible value to the world
-Elon Musk to set up PayPal amongst others and then inspirational & eco friendly cars through Tesla
-Rosa Parks who was one of the first people to publicly stand against racism by refusing to give up her seat on a bus. What a powerful decision this was by Rosa that had a huge impact on the lives of people around her suffering.
These decisions & many more have shaped our world in wonderful ways.
Specifically in your world…
Decisions are being made constantly, but are they right decisions? Are they serving you or hindering you? Are they empowered decisions? Are they decisions that are supporting you to create the impact & leave the legacy you want in the world? Every decision does indeed shape your destiny and is an indicator of the results you will have in the future.
Leaders, high performers and those with an inspirational level of success have achieved what they have not by accident, but by constantly and consistently reflecting & learning from the decisions they make.
For Example, if you make a fear based decision (a decision made out of fear), you will no doubt experience stress in the future such as….(and imagine the future implications of each)
1. Not asking for the promotion you seek at work
2. Not running the business you deep down truly want to
3. Not being clear on your goals, targets or vision
4. Not following your passion and doing work that fulfils you
5. Not spending enough time with your family
6. Not saying I love you to those that matter or even asking the person that you like out on a date…
Every one of these decisions has massive future implications. Extraordinary leaders are aware of this and are very conscious about the decisions they make daily.
Overtime, their decision making process becomes second nature or as they say ‘unconcious competence’. They face their fears, do what scares them most, practice self awareness and importantly, are leaders as they lead first by example.
This then sets the tone for others in your business, organisation or home.
The only way to regain control, personal certainty & make extraordinary decisions is through self awareness which is discovered by making mistakes, learning & growing…….and importantly reflection……which ultimately helps you understand yourself deeper & better!
If you aren’t getting the results you want in any area of your life, I invite you to explore the decisions you are making.
If you are Entrepreneur, CEO, Executive, Director, Mother, Father, Manager, Role Model or someone who really wants more from yourself..
What decisions have you made that have served you powerfully?
The decision to exercise, to read and learn daily, to speak your truth, to spend time doing what is close to your heart, to master an area of your life/business, to contribute to charity, to improve your self awareness & leadership.
“World Class Performers Make World Class Decisions”
What decisions have you made that are currently holding you back? Are there any habits that you have decided to take on that are really not serving you?
Exercise: Choose any part of your world, your life, your business, home life, relationships, social, confidence and identify:
What is working for you right now?
What isn’t working so well?
What decisions have you made that are moving you closer to the results you seek?
What decisions, choices and habits are not serving you powerfully?
What decisions will help you create the impact & leave your personal legacy you wish to see in the world around you?
Decisions form the very foundations for the life we lead.
As Aristotle once said, ‘We are what we repeatedly do therefore excellence is not an act but a habit’, identify the top habits & decisions you would like to adopt and then over the next 30-60 days, practice them with commitment, focus & repetition.
Enjoy the process and exciting journey of integrating the new habits & decisions in to your life/business and I would love to hear what you personally took and will implement after reading this article! Comment below and i’ll respond to you as soon as I can.
Here’s to your continued success & if there is anything I can do to serve or support yourself and/or your business or if you have any questions about my latest article then please feel free to reach out to me here or at [email protected].
Your friend and Life coach,