“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Verses of the Week
” Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”~
1 Peter1 13-14 (ESV)
You are probably like most of us, always looking for something that will make a difference and give you an edge. Many are always searching for the proverbial and illusive silver bullet. However there will be no better silver bullet than you. You are the solution and revelation that your world and circumstances are waiting for. You are the silver bullet and miracle cure. When you believe that the solution is outside you, you resort to being a victim and flight behaviour.
Your decisions make a defining difference. Your subsequent actions on the decisions are the silver or wooden bullet. When you do not decide you let the lottery of life decide for you. It is better to take a decision and be wrong than to fear to take a decision and still be wrong. In the first case you learn. In the second you would have just been a gambler. Decisions move you forward if you retain your presence of mind, mental fortitude and motivation for success.
Never let your setbacks decide your fate for you. If you choose to decide positively your setbacks are your training ground for greater things. Setbacks are triggers of greatness.
Have you decided? No, you haven’t until action flows from the decision. Waiting and seeing is the symptom of cowardice. That is not you I am sure. Decide and act. Action is the ultimate decider. What hard decision that you have been putting off will you take today?
The Setback Loop
Every setback is a fulcrum that us is setup for your success or calamity depending on your decisions and attitude. A setup? Success is an elaborate maze of passages, timed personal assessments, celebrations capsules and relationship formats that change over time. When a setback sets in it is decision time and not resignation time.
Stephen Berg, founder of CEO BrandXads commenting in August 2013 on the financial and business setback of Brazilian Billionaire Eike Batista now reduced to a multi-millionaire writes, “Whether Batista “comes back”, or not, does not solely depend on his cumulative net worth. Success is an elaborate combination of multiple achievements coupled with personal assessments that change over time. Sometimes temporarily ridding yourself of materialistic possessions has positive effects. It builds appreciation, wards off insidious parasites, forces others to stand on their own feet and attracts true sincerity. Pressure and the process of rebuilding is both manageable and rejuvenating to true entrepreneurs. It’s also a way to determine someone’s character. Good luck to the self – made, Batista, and anyone that has risen to the top, stumbled and looks to return better off.” The decisions you take in your valleys determines the mountains you will climb. Never let anyone write you off before you are dead.
The story of Icarus
Your decisions determine your destiny despite whatever providence you have been set up for. Such is the story of Icarus a Greek mythological character. Icarus was the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. Decisions by fathers do not absolve any son from the consequences of his own decisions. In life you still have to dance to your music and eat your stew.
The best known story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father had made from feathers and wax. Enraptured by the thrill of flight he decided to ignore instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall into the sea where he drowned.
Icarus’s father Daedalus, a talented and remarkable Athenian craftsman, built the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete near his palace at Knossos to imprison the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster born of his wife and the Cretan bull. Minos imprisoned Daedalus himself in the labyrinth because he gave Minos’ daughter, Ariadne, a clew (or ball of string) in order to help Theseus, the enemy of Minos, to survive the Labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur.
Daedalus decided that he would not succumb to and resign to fate but he would conquer the skies and secure his freedom. Such is life, misery is a choice, self-pity is always an unwise choice. Daedalus designed and fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son. He tried his own wings first, and before taking off from the island he warned his son, Icarus not to fly too close to the sun or close to the sea, but to follow his path of flight. It was a great decision that would have saved him and his son. However, we are all accountable for the decisions we make.
However, Daedalus’ son Icarus was overcome by the giddiness of flight as he soared through the sky curiously and confidently with a forgetful majesty. A decision to forget could be convenient but disastrous. He decided unwittingly to fly but too close to the sun, which regrettably melted the wax on his wings. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms. Icarus subsequently fell into the sea in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos.
Perhaps the biggest lesson for all time from Icarus is that when you decide to fly in any direction that your goals lead you never lose your presence of mind and forget what you borrowed. Borrowed wings and feathers have a mind of their own. To stay afloat on the raft of success you have to decide daily to put on your running shoes and keep running. Your decisions determine your destiny. Decide to stay in the game.
What hard decision that you have been putting off will you take today?
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