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Decision: Principle #8

Lyndia Grant | 9/15/2010, 3:51 p.m.



Lyndia Grant

This series is designed to help you understand the research discovered by the late author Napoleon Hill over a period of 20 years; research which shows the secrets to success, now available to anyone willing to apply them.

He discovered these secrets by watching and interacting with Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller and John Wanamaker, the founder of Philadelphia-based Wanamaker's department store and others. Hill, who penned "Think and Grow Rich," reminds us that Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. His success formula describes steps that can be considered an insurance policy against failure.

"We THINK our way to success, as we apply the rules he uncovered." These principles to success are intertwined with scripture. This column provides a glimpse of the principles discovered by Hill. This week, we take Hill's principle of 'decision' to see how you're doing in this area.

Before embarking upon the journey caused by a decision you've made, ask yourself: "Does this decision bring glory to God? Would it dishonor God? Allow the Lord to direct your path.

The scripture, in the book of James, also tells us a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Do you decide one thing today, and tomorrow something different?

Hill's research disclosed the fact that successful men and women reach decisions promptly, and change these decisions slowly, if and when they were changed at all.

"People who fail to accumulate success or money" says Hill, "without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly and of changing these decisions quickly and often." Don't let this be you!

The decision to start a small business was one of my best, and although I didn't become a millionaire, my sisters and I certainly did achieve success in many ways -- political appointments, large contract awards, meeting celebrities -- look at the power of making a decision!

In fact, serving as project director for a national monument where more than 100,000 people visit annually from around the world wouldn't have happened; I wouldn't be a member of All Nations Baptist Church. And finally, I wouldn't be writing this column today, because I would not have met Denise Rolark Barnes.

Had I not made the decision to start a business and to do everything I possibly could, with my hand in God's hand, none of this would have happened. I would still be living in Los Angeles.

There is enormous power unleashed by a simple decision. You wouldn't go to a restaurant, and after looking at the menu say, "I don't want that, I don't want that, and, I really don't want that, and that makes me sick to think about it, would you? Isn't it a lot faster to make a decision about what it is you do want?"

Often, we move through life more focused on those things we don't want. Make a decision about what you do want and begin to take action. There is a parable of a father, his son, and his son's friend. They were all sailing, when a storm kept them back from shore. The father could not keep the boat upright, and the three were swept into the ocean.

Although he grabbed a rescue line, the father had to make the most excruciating decision of his life; he knew he could only save one of the boys. The father knew his son was a Christian, but his son's friend was not. The father yelled out, 'I love you, son!

This father knew his son would see Jesus, and decided to save his son's friend. He wanted the boy to also step into an eternity with Jesus. God also gave His Son, Jesus.

Study this principle and the power of making a decision.

Lyndia Grant speaks at retreats, workshops and other special occasions. Visit her website at www.lyndiagrant.com, email lyndiagrant@lyndiagrant.com, call 202-518-3192.