Make the decision before your emotions do

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. Theodore Roosevelt

What will you do if you are given an opportunity to negotiate a career changing contract and the other party is asking you to relax on a few safety codes? Or perhaps you are on a strict diet to increase your energy and lose weight when someone offers you your favorite dessert; what do you do? Do you eat it? 

Personal development master Tony Robbins says, "It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped." If you give your emotions a chance to make a decision then a high probability exists that it may not be in your best interest. What is the solution to controlling your spontaneous emotions? The solution is that you must decide before a situation arises which choice you will make. 

Actor Will Smith says, “You must make a decision beforehand.” Smith added that if he’s sitting at the Academy Awards and he learns that his daughter has a fever, 90 seconds before he’s about to go on stage, then he doesn’t have to make an emotional decision. He decided beforehand that his family is more important and he added that passion and emotion are bad for decision making, so he chooses his family. How can you apply this same strategy?

What is an area of your life or business that could use an updated defined set of standards? Creating priorities and committing to your decisions breeds confidence. Future temptations will become easier to defeat as you gain strength. Another by-product of standing up for your decisions is that you begin to create a stronger trust within yourself and this foundation can be used to bear the weight of additional personal growth. 

 Record this useful quote from Robert H. Schuller and review it periodically; “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”

What do you need to make a decision on? Now is the time. 


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