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Three things you decide:

  1. Decide on what to focus
  2. Decide what it means
  3. Decide on what action to take

Or to simplify further, we decide on three things:

  1. Focus
  2. Meaning
  3. Action

And these decisions will determine your destiny.

So you decide what to focus on, what it means, and what action to take.

Distinctions and profound knowledge.

Internal system of making decisions. System that determines the decisions you make (he's working toward his Master System.

  1. Core beliefs and unconscious rules
  2. Life values
  3. References
  4. Habitual questions
  5. Emotional state

Slightly shorter version of Master System:

  1. Beliefs and rules
  2. Values
  3. References
  4. Questions
  5. State
"There are no failures in life. There are only results." (p45)

I find this perspective helpful. Somehow, it takes some of the emotion of out it. We associate such weight and emotion to the word "failure" or "mistake." Weight and emotion those words don't deserve. It can paralyze. It seems like failure is forever, but I read a quote (not in this book?) that went something like:

Failure is only temporary.

That gets at one of the bad associations we have to failure, it's permanence (Buddhhist impermanence).

Result is a less emotionally laden word.

Love this quote (p 43)

"Remember: Success truly is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is the result of experience, and experience is often the result of bad judgment!"

Indeed, the circular logic leads us to the most important strategy or tip:

Don't be afraid to make mistakes, because mistakes are where we get the experience we need to make good judgments.

In fact, Tony's advice is that experience yields learning. So strive to get the most experience you can. As he learned to speak, he didn't speak three time a week but three times a day. So he easily had 7 times the experience of others. And he strove to learn from each experience at speaking. Quickly, he gained the experience and distinctions he needed to master public speaking.

YES! He failed terribly at first, made lots of mistakes. But each time he focused on something to do better, and each time he did to better. It he'd been afraid of making mistakes, he would have never had the experience that enabled him to master the skill.

What a barrier that is, the fear of mistakes.

There are no mistakes, only results.

I need to remember that.

To achieve great results, we must use the "Ultimate Success Formula (from Unlimited Power'' book):

  1. Decide what you are committed to achieving
  2. Willing to take massive action
  3. Notice what's working or not
  4. Continue changing your approach until you achieve what you want...or die.

Long term focus... We neglect to consider, really focus on, the long-term consequences of our decisions. Built into this formula is the value that mistakes are necessary for learning. So make mistakes and learn from them. Mistakes are only temporary. The learning you gain is what lasts. And leads you to success.

Most important decision: Use whatever life gives you in the moment.

  1. Remember the true power of making decisions
  2. Hardest step in achieving anything is making a true commitment--a tre decision
  3. Make decisions often
  4. Learn from your decisions
  5. Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach
  6. Enjoy making decisions

A true decision leads to action.

Know that it's your decisions, not your conditions that determine your destiny.

All ideas are worthless...unless you act on them.

Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! by Anthony Robbins

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