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We think our way to success, as we apply scripture and rules uncovered by Napoleon Hill. This series is designed to help you understand the research of Hill and his 13 principles that show the secrets to success, now available to anyone willing to apply them. This week’s column focuses on his principle of “Decision.”

Before embarking upon the journey caused by a decision you’ve made, ask yourself: “Does this decision bring glory to God? Would it dishonor God?” Allow the Lord to direct your path.

With hope, you feel good, you continue to try, you’re thinking in a positive manner; yet the moment you lose hope, your confidence level sinks to a new low. As you can see, there is power in maintaining that hopeful spirit for your future! Decisions you make is the first place to begin. Things can go one way or the other, but with quick, inspirational thinking as you make those right decisions, you are on your way to success.

Practice decision-making the way Sidney Poitier did. He wrote about his early years in his biography titled “This Life,” a book I read when I was a teenager. Poitier wrote how nobody believed he would ever become any type actor. He was from Cat Island, a small island in the Caribbean described as a beautiful island to just unwind. But despite living on the heavenly island, one day Poitier decided he had to leave to get the life he dreamed of.

To become an actor, though, was a dream that Poitier fought hard for and only he kept inside his heart. His Caribbean accent was extremely heavy. Every time he tried out for a job, he was not even considered.

Another decision he made was to work hard on improving his ability to speak English clearly. He bought himself a radio, he slept underneath newspaper on rooftops, took baths in public restaurants, but every moment he had, he would repeat everything he heard on his radio.

He practiced and practiced on his ability to speak clearly, with that Cat Island accent, until one day, it was gone!

Don’t allow anything to stop you from becoming the dream God has placed in your heart! Be willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done! Failure was not an option for this actor.

You can have everything in life you want too if you will help other people get what they want. That’s a famous quote by late motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. We were all born to win, but we must legitimately plan and expect to win, though.

In the Book of James, scripture tells us how a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Do you decide one thing today, and tomorrow something different?

Hill’s research found that successful people have the habit of reaching decisions promptly, and changing these decisions slowly, if at all.

“People who fail to accumulate success or money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly and of changing these decisions quickly and often,” Hill said. Don’t let this be you!

The decision to start a small business was one of my best. My sisters and I certainly did achieve success in many ways, you’ve read about some of them here. Look at the power of making one decision — it can be life-changing!

This column is part of my past journey! Denise Rolark Barnes would not have met me while we were working together promoting the annual Georgia Avenue Day Festival and Parade, without that decision. The Washington Informer did a special issue about Georgia Avenue Day each year. Had I not made the decision to start a business and to do everything I possibly could, with my hand in God’s hand, none of these things would have happened.

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Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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