Decide what, who, how and do it

This editorial column written by Dusty Takle appeared in a recent print edition of The GRIP.


The word decide came alive for me not long ago. I was sitting up in my bed, scrolling through social media and came across a video on positive thinking posted by a dear friend. In the video, several well-known actors and voices shared philosophies and thoughts that have been foundational for their successes.

You’ve probably heard most of these thoughts. You see the memes on positive thinking. You read the inspirational quotes people share, but I heard the word “decide” in a way I haven’t heard it before.

Will Smith shared, “You just decide what’s gonna be, who you’re gonna be, how you’re gonna do it. Just DECIDE. And then from that point, the universe is gonna get out of your way. It’s water. It wants to move and go around stuff.”

Internalizing that quote, that word, I asked myself, “What am I missing, because I haven’t decided to do something or become something?”

In as much as life is good, what else is there that I am not stepping into? What am I missing? What are others missing, because I haven’t decided to do or create something?

So, I had to revisit my vision.

Most of us have vision boards. If you have a Pinterest account, you have a virtual vision board.

However, those visions mean nothing until you actually print the recipe and cook the meal. Until you DECIDE to do something with it. The beauty of the word decide is that it’s always followed by action. If my husband decides to divert his aircraft, action immediately follows.

Vision is important.

Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18)

This isn’t a literal death, but rather the absence of life….a coming alive.

Focusing on the vision creates momentum, because where focus goes, energy flows. The more momentum I created focusing on visions I have had in my life, the more it spun until I finally decided to create them. To do them. To move in them. To think and act from them instead of about them.

Visions must become decisions. That’s where the real magic happens.

You must know that are you created for more. There is more to you than you know.

There is more to your life than settling for what is. Stop thinking about the things you don’t want in your life.

Begin thinking about the things you do want. Decide to do them. Don’t let fear stop you.
Position yourself around people who will inspire you and encourage you. Whatever inspires you will strengthen you. Whatever strengthens you will sustain you to not give up. Enlarge your thoughts. Enlarge your vision.

Decide what’s gonna be, who you’re gonna be, how you’re gonna do it. So much more awaits you.

Your possibilities are limitless because the God of the impossible is within you.

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