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What to Read: The Seven decisions - Understanding the keys to personal success, a Review by Martin Stanton

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March 01, 2015
What to Read
Martin Stanton

What's On the Bookshelf
Over the years, we’ve had numerous conversations with industry leaders and often one of the topics that we discuss is the latest book read. We thought it would be fun to share some of these booklover conversations with our readers. Here are what our industry leaders are reading.

The Seven decisions: Understanding the keys to personal success
By Andy Andrews

[Review by Martin Stanton, CIO, Destination Hotels & Resorts]

The word leadership is used sparingly throughout Andy Andrews book, “The Seven Decisions: Understanding the Keys to Personal Success,” which is quite impressive given the fact that the book’s main focus is how to evolve into a leader. Andrews cuts right to the chase noting that the secret to leadership is simple.  “Leadership essentially boils down to two things: your perspective or beliefs about yourself, and a quality we can call ‘like-ability.’”  He goes on to state that “like-ability” can be defined as the ability to build rapport so that others listen to you. We listen to the people we like. That’s pretty straight-forward stuff.

“The Seven Decisions” outlines seven personal success principals that will make you that person whom others want to be connected with and be around. Each of the seven decisions, or principals, is simple in nature and could easily stand on its own. However, embracing and mastering all seven would prove transformational in your personal growth.

One: The Responsible Decision
The buck stops here. I accept responsibility for my past. I am responsible for my success. I will not let my history control my destiny. Stop blaming others. Stop looking backwards, look forward.

Two: The Guided Decision
I will seek wisdom. God moves mountains to create the opportunity of His choosing. It is up to me to be ready to move myself. Be a servant to others. Develop a servant’s spirit. Create your own personal board of advisors!

Three: The Active Decision
I am a person of action. Many people move out of the way for a person on the run; others are caught up in his wake. I will be that person on the run!

Four: The Certain Decision
I have a decided heart. Criticism, condemnation and complaint are creatures of the wind. They come and go on the wasted breath of lesser beings and have no power over me. Do not procrastinate. Be passionate about your vision for the future.
Five: The Joyful Decision
Today I will choose to be happy. My very life is fashioned by choice. First I make choices. Then my choices make me. Simply put – smile at every person you meet. You have chosen to be happy.

Six: The Compassionate Decision
I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit. I know that God rarely uses a person whose main concern is what others are thinking. Forgive even those who do not ask for forgiveness. Forgive yourself.

Seven: The Persistent Decision
I will persist without exception. Reason can only be stretched so far, but faith has no limits. The only limit to my realization of tomorrow is the doubt to which I hold fast today.
Continue despite exhaustion. Focus on results.

Andy Andrews does a fantastic job of driving home the simplicity and value of each decision by way of stories about General George Patton, Bob Hope, Stan Lee, General Norman Schwarzkopf and several others, along with letters from these icons written to him on one of the decisions principals.

I highly recommend downloading a copy of this book and reading it on your next business trip. It is a fairly quick read. You will definitely find yourself highlighting and marking up page after page of re-read material and ultimately working through the exercises. As we say in the biz, this is a Five-diamond – first-class read!

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