Consider this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
If this is true, then anything missing from our businesses, careers, or life-in-general points to a decision not made. A decision is subtly and wholly different than a want (or need or desire). “I want X” comes from a focus on the lack of X. “I choose X” means you, with quiet excitement, say “I will have X now, thank you.”
Once we’ve made a decision, the real trick is not slipping back into “want” for fear our decision isn’t enough to make it happen. We slip back into mere “want” to hedge our bets. “I don’t want to be disappointed. It may not happen,” we might say. “Who are we, after all, to have something happen just because we decide on it?”
Actually, it doesn’t matter whether or not Emerson is right. It simply pays to assume he is right. Would you expect to see better results by thinking, “I get what I decide upon,” or by thinking, “Deciding or, heck, even wanting makes no difference”?
In your corner,