Choice more than chance

choice-more-than-chance

Uncertainty repeated
creates a self fulfilling doubt,
which causes further uncertainty…

Speak of those things you desire,
focus on that which can be certain
and set the sails of your heart
to the winds of passion.

Choice – more than chance – brings you what you hope for…

Ever caught yourself saying things like:

> I’m not sure if I can do that
> I don’t know if that will work
> I may not finish it on time

Here’s the deal.
It’s one thing to be unsure of something.
I mean, we all have our doubts at times.
But one of the surest way to magnify that is to
keep repeating it to yourself, and especially to others.
Every time you repeat how you doubt something will work,
or how you’re not sure of this or that – you are imbedding
that thought deeper and deeper in your mind as a truth.
And your mind will come up with ingenious ways to
make sure your doubts and uncertainties come true.

And those around you that hear you say it ?
What they now know is that you are not accountable;
that your ability to get something done cannot be relied on,
and that you do not believe in yourself enough to do it.
So they, like you, will begin planning on your inability
rather than rallying behind your abilty to get the job done.

This divides efforts and resources, which
further weakens the possibility of reaching
the desired outcome efficiently and expediantly.

And this happens at work, at home; wherever you are.

So let’s look at this differently.
I threw out a few fairly basic but common thoughts earlier.
Let’s twist them a bit.

> I’m not sure if I can do that

Sounds like one more thing I can cross off
of my “I’ve never done this before” list.
Do you realize that everything from walking
to riding a bike was once on this same list ?
Trust me – most of the things you will do in Life
have been done by other people before.
So, you already know it can be done.
It’s just your turn to get it done.
Go get it done.

> I don’t know if that will work

I heard that’s what Henry Ford’s engineers said
when he told them he wanted to have a V-8 engine.
Actually, I believe a few of them said it was impossible.
Just because some thing or some solution
exists in the realm of unknown to you
does not mean that it does not exist.
It will work, and there is a way.
Find it.

> I may not finish it on time

First of all, let’s get rid of the whole ” I I I me me me”
Let’s try “It will be done in time”.
That way you’re not stuck relying on just you.
Look at your projects through 3D “glasses”.
Distraction Delegation Dedication

Distraction is the number 1 reason things are not done on time.
Stay focused on the important – do not allow the shinier
seemingly urgent things keep taking you off task.

Delegation is the key to productivity.
There are things that you can do, and do well.
There are things that others can do, and do well.
Delegate the aspects of a given project that do not
require your expertise so that you may devote the
specialized skills that you have to it’s completion.

If a doctor has 4 hours to perform a heart transplant,
I can guarantee you that he will not be answering phones,
writing invoices, or running around looking for scalpels & swabs.
It’s not that he can’t – it’s that he knows that the best use of
his time is applying his specialized skills before deadline.
Literally, in this case.

Dedication is simply not giving up,
and giving up is a conscious choice.
Do what needs to be done – because that’s what there is to do.
There is no letting yourself off the hook if you are dedicated.

Well, I didn’t mean to get so much into details here, although
sometimes it helps to have a few tools to keep one on track.

But if I were to choose which one was most important,
I’d say the most important part is the beginning:

~”Uncertainty repeated
creates a self fulfilling doubt,
which causes further uncertainty…”

The more you doubt,
the more doubt you create.

~”Speak of those things you desire,
focus on that which can be certain
and set the sails of your heart
to the winds of passion.”

Talk about what you want to happen -
share the desired end result and the
positive expectations you have;
let those be the words both you
and others hear and reinforce.

~”Choice
more than chance
brings you what you hope for…”

YOU choose what thoughts that
you allow to simmer and develop
into the actions you will take
- and take you -
to where you want to be.

You can be certain of that :)