Last week I bought two new books: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell and The Seven Decisions (Understanding the Keys to Personal Success) by Andy Andrews.
I’ve started reading “The Seven Decisions” and already realize, “this is one of those books that will be read and re-read!” Andy Andrews does an amazing job of crystallizing the keys to personal development!
What I love so much about this book is Andy’s personal story!
When he was 19 he lost his mother to cancer, and shortly thereafter his dad died in a car accident! Reeling from this one-two punch, Andy began making bad decisions that resulted in him being homeless… living under a bridge!
During his period of homelessness he did odd jobs, but had lots of free time. Much of that free time was spent in a library… where he started reading the stories of successful men and women.
As he read his “self-pity turned to passion” because he noticed something… these men and women had some themes in common! Andy began to practice these principles… and his life began to change! Now he is a New York Times best selling author who writes about these commonalities!
After reading literally hundreds of biographies and autobiographies he has identified seven common practices of successful men and women, and in his book “The Seven Decisions” he identifies and explains them in detail!
I strongly encourage you to buy the book for yourself, but for your sake, and mine, I am writing them down here.
The seven decisions that determine personal success:
#1 The Responsible Decision
“The buck stops here. I accept responsibility for my past. I am responsible for my success. I will not let my history control my destiny.”
#2 The Guided Decision
“I will seek wisdom. God moves mountains to create the opportunity of His choosing. It is up to me to be ready to move myself.”
#3 The Active Decision
“I am a person of action. Many people move out of the way for a person on the run; others are caught up in his wake. I will be that person on the run.”
#4 The Certain Decision
“I have a decided heart. Criticism, condemnation, and complaint are creatures of the wind. They come and go on the breath of lesser beings and have no power over me.”
#5 The Joyful Decision
“Today I will choose to be happy. My very life is fashioned by choice. First I make choices. Then my choices make me.”
#6 The Compassionate Decision
“I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit. I know that God rarely uses a person whose main concern is what others are thinking.”
#7 The Persistent Decision
I will persist without exception. Reason can only be stretched so far, but faith has no limits. The only limit to my realization of tomorrow is the doubt to which I hold fast today.”
Oh this is good stuff! I’m glad I picked this book up! I hope you might think about grabbing a copy too!