Here is the full transcript of Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn’s talk: The Best Decision I Ever Made.
Jim Rohn – Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker
Now some decisions are incidental and some are small and some you know are part of a working day. But sometimes decision-making can be one of the most important days of your life.
May be a decision you have postponed and postponed and now you understand the penalty of postponing that decision. You’ve got to do something and finally you come to the conclusion today is the day. I now decide and whether you decide on a new direction. whether you decide on a refinement in philosophy, whether you decide to act when before you haven’t acted, you decide on a on a series of things that you’re going to do, you decide.
Deciding can be such an incredibly important, very exciting inspirational day. Also deciding sometimes starts the process of lifting our self-esteem. Sometimes when you look back on it, the day that you decided was just about as exciting as the day when you finally accomplished the project.
That when you finally made the decision you finally got the monkey off your back, as we say in English. You finally know got through whatever barriers kept you from making that decision and finally you made a decision.
And now it seems like the sky is blue and the air is clear and your mind is ready. And you know, the adrenaline starts to flow; things start to happen to you from that moment of decision. So that can be an incredible source of inspiration.
Now if you don’t follow through, it’s not going to last all that long. If you decide and then you know postpone and you decide and… but you don’t still don’t get to it for a week or a month or a year, you know, soon all that energy and that source of inspiration is all dissipated. So deciding is inspiring but not for that long.
But once you decide it can be a very powerful day. But now, of course, now you must follow through. But if there are some things you’ve been postponing, some decisions you have just — haven’t gotten to. I would ask you to just take out your journal and just go through. What have I been postponing? It’s not going to be better for my health. It’s not going to be better for my future. It’s not going to enhance my finances.
Maybe a problem needs to be solved. I got to decide when I’m going to do it and how I’m going to proceed. I need to get to it. I promise you if you’ll go through some of that list and start making those decisions, your inspiration will start to flow and those could be very critically important exciting days.
Indecision is the thief of opportunity. Indecision means the door is still closed. Indecision means the opportunity waits. Indecision means what could be is postponed or may never be. You know that those are all the penalties of indecision. And sometimes we can’t make a snap judgment. We can’t decide immediately on something so important.
But after a while… after a while we must understand sometimes they have a penalty of putting off our decision-making. So one source of inspiration: deciding.
Here’s the next one: planning. Now that you’ve decided and you’ve started — you start making plans, it’s incredible what can happen as a source of inspiration. When finally what’s in your head, what’s in your imagination now finally starts to take shape on paper,
When I first heard about network marketing, I was 25 years old. And I heard some of the testimonials and I heard that people have gotten rich and I’ve heard that it’s changed people’s lives. And I’ve heard that you could start with nothing and become something.
But let me tell you what was exciting. When I finally made the decision, yes, I was going to be part of the industry. Yes, I was going to make it part of my marketing future, what was really exciting was when I sat down and started making plans. I started committing the imagination and belief to paper. I started writing it down.
I started as we often do drawing those circles. You know what if I had five, what if I had ten. And then when I had a concept of what that could bring for me, then I said how can I reach the first five? How can I reach the first ten? What could I do? Starting to make those plans I’m telling you I remember those days as if they were yesterday. They were so exciting.
I had a concept of what I wanted. I had a dream of what could happen for me if it could happen for others, maybe it could happen for me. But when I started putting it on paper and started making the plans, that was an incredible source of inspiration for me, because the plans seemed to now start making it real, that what I had thought about, what I dreamed about, now I’m actually getting to it by making a plan.