The power that concentrates and animates your power to create whatever you want in your life is Commitment. Commitments are irreversible decisions that convert wishes and desires into total intent backed by action.
The life you are living today is the result of the decisions you made in the past. The life you’ll have in the future will be the result of the decisions you make today.
In Return of The Jedi Luke Skywalker goes back to see Yoda to finish his training to become a Jedi knight. When he enters the atmosphere of the planet Yoda is on, he loses control of his ship and crash-lands his Starfighter in a swamp. Yoda tells him to concentrate the full force of his attention and will it (intend it) to come out of the swamp. Luke closes his eyes and concentrates and the Starfighter starts rising up out of the water. Then he loses control and the ship falls back into the swamp.
Yoda tells him to concentrate harder and make the ship rise out of the swamp. Luke tries again and the same thing happens. Again, Yoda tells him to concentrate harder and Luke tells him, “Yoda, I’m trying as hard as I can.” Yoda turns to him, shakes his head in disgust and says,
“NO! TRY NOT, DO OR DO NOT, THERE IS NO TRY”
Think about it a moment—this is a very deep message Yoda is giving Luke. And, it’s also a huge message for you and me! What does this mean… there is only do or do not? Where does do or not do come from?
As you’re reading this, you probably have access to a pen or pencil or may be using a highlighter to highlight key concepts. I want you to lay the pen or highlighter down in front of you. Now, “try” to pick up your pen. You might be laughing now saying, what do you mean try? I’ll pick it up if I want to or not pick it up if I don’t want to.
Do or not do is a decision you make. Obviously, it’s a simple decision with something easy like picking up your pen. Now what happens if I tell you to pick up your pen and write a twenty-page report on quantum physics?
Do or not do becomes a function of your belief in your ability to write the report. It’s also a reflection of how much knowledge you have about the topic, which is obviously a reference that causes you to have or not have belief in your ability to write it.
There’s also your desire to write the report. If you wanted to do it badly enough, if there was a big enough reason or reward for you to do it, you would get a book on quantum physics, read it and write the report. The point is that in our culture today, we use the word “try” as an escape route from the absolute total commitment implied in making a true decision.
It’s a way to escape the reality of DO or NOT DO.
Luke didn’t believe in his ability to lift the Starship out of the swamp with the power of his mind. So he tried, which means, “I’ll do it if I can without total commitment” (which means no going back), which of course doesn’t work with things that require total commitment.
What does the word Decision mean? It comes from the Latin root “De Cesare” which means to cut away from completely. When you make a decision, you literally cut away from any and all other options or alternatives. Today we would actually call it a commitment, because people change their decisions almost like they change their underwear.
When was the last time you made one of those De Cesare types of decisions or commitments?
Typically, when we say, “I made a decision,” we mean, “I’ll do it if it’s easy. I’ll do it if it’s comfortable. I’ll do it if I don’t get flack from other people. I’ll do it if success comes easily and quickly. I’ll do it if I have the time.” Rarely does it mean—I’ll do it no matter what!
To truly succeed in any area of life, our decisions have to mean— I’ll do it no matter what!
When a true decision is made, action is its natural consequence. In the commitment, the action is birthed. When you create the habit of making true decisions, you begin to have faith in your decisions because each is a total commitment. Then you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the result is around the corner.
When you make a DeCesare decision, you know that all you have to do is put in the proper amount of action and you’ll get the results. The key is the commitment. You can change your entire life in one moment with the power of a true decision. As a matter of fact, you’ll never put forth the action required without first making a real decision.
There’s a verse in the Bible that says; “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things yet unseen.” Faith is total belief and conviction that something that is not seen is real. Commitment is what unlocks the door to mountain-moving faith.
When you really learn how to make De Cesare decisions, they become a thing of power and in that decision the goal is already achieved because it is that level of commitment that turns desires into full-blown intentions.
All of a sudden, you begin to attract the people and circumstances needed to achieve the result you want. You begin to see the opportunity in problems and realize that they were things you needed in order to achieve your goal.
Decision is the partner of focus. Decision is intention and focus is attention. As Deepak Chopra states in The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success, the two qualities inherent in consciousness are attention and intention.
Attention energizes and intention transforms.
The quality of intention on the object of attention will orchestrate an infinity of space-time events to bring about the outcome intended. When you decide something, since you have cut away from all other alternatives, you totally and unequivocally intend to make this a reality in your life. Since your intention is to create what you decided, you maintain your attention or focus on it.
The natural question you continually ask yourself is, “What do I need to do now in order to move closer to my intended outcome?” The natural by-product is action in the present moment and an “opportunity consciousness” that is continually looking for ways to make it happen. This is also known as “present moment awareness.”
When you focus on your dream and decide that it will be your reality, you will live and act on it as if it is already your reality and you will achieve whatever you want in life.
In my next article I’m going to tie this together with the exercise you did in Designing Your Life to teach you a powerful strategy to make your dreams true INTENTIONS in order to give you the power to actually achieve them, so until then…
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