Principles of Success #3 – Decision

The principles in this series are loosely based on the Principles of Wealth, written by Erik Hamre, and featured in the novel The Last Alchemist.

Now that you’ve found your Faith and solidified your Intent, it’s time to make a decision. This principle is about more than just formally declaring “This is what I’m going to do.” You’ve already done that. This is about getting yourself ready for the long road ahead.


A lot of people struggle with making decisions, especially when the problem is particularly difficult. For instance, I had no idea what to do a few years ago when we were hit with a large medical bill after my husband got sick. The fees seemed outrageous and it felt like we’d been taken advantage of by everyone who had been involved. In order to resolve the issue, we gathered up the money and paid all of the bills as quickly as possible.

Making a quick decision is very important, but (and I can’t stress this enough);

If you don’t know what you’re talking about, you will make a bad decision.

So, rather than just making a decision because it’s quick, you’ve got to do some research. Make sure that you fully understand what the situation is and all of the options you can take.

I later found out that you can negotiate your hospital bills down. While it was good that I made a quick decision, it turned out that it wasn’t in the best interest of my family. Had we taken the time to research more options and get tips from people who had already been in our position, we might have been able to save ourselves some money while appeasing the medical system.

Despite knowing that we could have made a better decision, I don’t regret making the choice that we did. By making a quick decision and taking care of the problem right away, we were able to keep moving forward.

Even if you make the wrong decision, you move forward in some way.

While it would have been nice to have saved more money, we learned a lot about stressful situations like the one we had been in. We learned how to support each other, and we got a better idea of each other’s strengths in these situations. In the future, if we have to deal with this again, we’ll be much better prepared.

Forward motion, people.

Otherwise, you spend your time in limbo while you hem and haw about what should be done. If none of the options before you are exactly ideal, then you either need to do some more research or choose the one that you’ll be able to live with the most.

The fact that we could have been in a better situation had we done a little more research was moot for us, because the issue was already resolved. Which brings me to another important point;

Once you’ve made a decision, don’t change it. 

While it’s bad to waste time by being indecisive, it’s even worse to waste time by reversing a decision you’ve already made. Stand by the decisions you make, and deal with the consequences as they come.

You will have to make a lot of decisions on the road to success. Chances are, the snap decisions that you make with your gut are the best ones for you. After making sure that you understand your situation, stick with the choice that jumps out at you. Even if it seems like you made the wrong one, something good will come out of it.

You’ve already made a few important decisions here. You’ve decided to believe in your abilities over your fears. You’ve decided what you want to accomplish and that you will accomplish it. Don’t let that momentum go away. Keep at it.

You’ll be able to say you’re successful soon as long as you just keep moving forward.


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