What does DECISION have to do with wealth?
Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” was published in 1937, meaning everyone reading this has had ample time to borrow it from the library, buy it from Amazon or listen to it on Audible. Those unfamiliar may be disappointed to learn that its 238 pages don’t instruct you on how to “think” your way into wealth. Instead, the book outlines 13 principles to master. Principle 7 is DECISION, or “The Mastery of Procrastination.”
An analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million-dollar mark disclosed that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly and of changing these decisions slowly, if and when they changed. Conversely, those who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, IF AT ALL, very slowly and of changing these decisions quickly and often.
I’ve met dentists and team members who make decisions too quickly and those who can’t seem ever to make a decision. For that matter, that spectrum also exists in my own family! The essential part of his advice here is the habit of “changing these decisions slowly.” All too often, I see people change decisions quickly and often – owners, associates, and team members. These decisions are reactionary and emotional, rarely rooted in data or trends, and often lead directly away from success.
Stop reacting; start deciding.