Tony Robbins once said, “Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.”
However, he also said, “A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”
Hence, you can’t make a new decision and then continue to do what you what you’ve done in the past. Once you set a new trajectory, you must immediately begin thinking and operating at that level, now.
Indeed, you must begin living from that decision on a daily basis. But how?
It’s really quite simple: You must trigger yourself into that state of Being immediately upon waking up and then act from that state for the remainder of your day.
As Benjamin P. hardy has said,
“How you start something is generally how you finish it.”
In fact, all of this starts in your journal. It starts by imagining and envisioning the future you wish to create.
When you write down your goals and dreams along with the present and future actions you’re taking to achieve those goals, you transform the ideas in your head from just that to an emotional experience.
The more emotionally-charged you can make your future vision, to more you’ll be driven to achieve it.
Which actually leads to the next point:
Invest in That Decision
According to economics sunk cost fallacy, when you’re invested or have ownership of something, you tend to overvalue that something.
Because your identity has become wrapped up around that thing, you actually become irrational about it. You’re no longer thinking about what you could gain. Instead, you’re entirely focused on what you could lose.
However, this does not have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can actually become completely positive.
If you invest in cause you believe in and consequently, change your emotional state towards it, then you very well can design yourself into the person you want to become.
For example, I recently bought a ticket to Southeast Asia before I even have enough money to fund the trip. I leave in 3 months, and yet, I have not got a passport, luggage, accommodation, or many other necessities.
However, I’m now all bought in. My point of no return has been reached. To go back would be to lose all that I’ve staked. Indeed, if worst comes to worst, I will just have to figure it out when I get there.
However, the investment in and of itself is what creates commitment. And when you’re committed, brilliant things begin to happen.
To quote William H. Murray,
“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”
Decisions Create Obstacles
According to Dan Sullivan, founder of Strategic Coach, when you attempt to go to the next level, your brain will immediately find obstacles in your path.
It will attempt to persuade and mislead you to believe that you don’t have the time, energy, or resources to live your dreams. However, Dan also said,
“All those things that oppose your goal are actually the raw material for achieving them.”
Similarly, Marcus Aurelius has said, “What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Put more simply: What you least want to do is what you must do. You actually already know what you need to do, you’re just not doing it.
Hence, I have previously said, ‘The more you’re willing to tolerate uncomfortable emotions, the more success you’ll achieve.’
Indeed, the primary barrier in your way is not the obstacles themselves. Instead, it is how you feel about what you need to do in order to overcome those obstacles.
Thus, once you get used to dealing with and comforting difficult emotions, then nothing can stop you.
Everything becomes an upward spiral. Because you followed through on one decision, it becomes easier to go bigger and better on the next.
However, it all starts now. Where do you intend to go?
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