Decisions Determine When it Happens

by Michael Berry on September 8, 2014

Time is an unstoppable force. Time can be either an ally or an enemy. As I have stated before, time is required for anything to occur, so in that respect it is our most trusted and necessary companion. Despite this, however, for most of us, it seems to be an enemy.

This brings us to two main concepts that are important to understand.

One: it is important to have a high minded vision and purpose for what you do. In other words, know why you are doing it. Although this may sound elementary, most people actually do not know why they’re doing the things they do everyday. Over time, this robs them of any control or satisfaction they might have over what they create in their lives.

For example, you might do something to prove that success is possible by being the example of success. The statistic show that by age 65, 96% of people are either dead or dead broke. Only a small percentage of people in society are winning. Taking a stand to win personally not only ensures you will not be one of the 96%, but it also creates a successful example which will influence your kids, your friends and people universally. For most of us it was someone else’s successful example that first inspired us to break out of the herd to achieve extraordinary results.

Another reason why you might do something that is good for society is to make the world a better place for all of us.

A third reason might be to prove the naysayers wrong.

Another reason could be to prove to yourself that you can reinvent yourself at any time and in doing so keep that spark alive inside that makes ordinary life more exciting.

Two: Follow your North Star in the process. Build something on your terms, with your ethical standards. This is where the real reward is created and achieved. If you are looking for more satisfaction in your life, look no further than this concept.

It is easy for a destitute person to say they would love to be wealthy, but they would rather be honest than the rich. Why do they make the assumption that one can’t be both rich and honest? Even if this were the norm, they could choose to be the exception. To take it upon himself to be both honest and rich actually creates the reality that this is possible. This ties into the idea of being a successful role model for others. If the only examples of success or from dishonest people, then succeeding honestly provides an enormous service to society. Just like long distance runner Roger Bannister creating the reality that a sub 4 minute mile was possible, although it had never been achieved, allowed many people after him to run faster than believed possible–in fact, to do the impossible. Your successful example creates the precedent of many others to follow.

Knowing for yourself and knowing the way you want to succeed gives you a road map to ensure that the journey you take will reflect your value system and beliefs. It will be your journey, not someone else’s. Achieving your success is not just about hitting your target; success will strengthen and re-validate your innate beliefs, deep insight, where true happiness and satisfaction lives and is nurtured.

 Personal development is our business and our life.
Michael Berry
In personal development we learn that “we all see and experience the world not as it is, but as we are”.


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Paul Reimers April 12, 2011 at 12:01 am

It’s so important to have central core principles to focus on, especially in a time when external situations can change so rapidly. Knowing your why and having a means to navigate can help make the course we take more direct.

Michael Berry April 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

You are correct Paul it is very important to have those central core principles and to not stray from them. Thanks for your comments.

Michael Berry April 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed it Marquita. It’s so nice to get back comments such as yours.

Michael Berry April 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Thank you Steve for your very valuable comments. You’re right it is nice.

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