The Power of Decision

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen… — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The Essay on Compensation.” It is quite the study and worth reading. It can be printed out online. Emerson was a firm believer that we make and determine our own destiny. The premise of His Essay on Compensation is based on Galatians 6:7-9, which says (Living Bible Version), “Don’t be misled, remember you cannot ignore God and get away with it for a man will always reap just the kind of crop he has sown. If he sows to please his own wrong and misplaced desires, he will be planting negative seeds and will assuredly reap a negative harvest. If on the other hand he plants that which is unselfish and serving of others, he will receive the same in kind. And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up. In the King James Version it says, Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap. The bottom line is, you reap what you sow.

Emerson believed we need to make life pay us what we want to receive from or out of it. He was spot on in that thinking for those who do not make that decision will only receive the crumbs from the tables of those who have decided to make life pay them what they want. What that entails is making a quality decision on what it is we want and to set our hearts and mind toward ensuring we receive it. When we do that, the universe will conspire to make it happen.

Previous to making life pay what you want from it, your decision will be challenged. You we need to set your face like a flint and stay on track. There will be many opportunities to take a short cut, give up, and or get side tracked because your focus will not be on what you want life to pay, it will be on the “STUFF” going on around you. This is stuff actually designed to test your meddle to see if you are worthy of receiving that which you desire. This is why you must make a quality decision, come heck or high water, sink, swim, or drown, that you will not give up. That you will have the tenacity to see it through to completion of receiving that which you desire. A decision is what it takes to get the attention of the universe. When you make that kind of decision, there is no other recourse. The universe gets behind it because it knows you will not give up until you get what you desire and deserve. Jim Rohn said, “Life responds to deserve, not to need.” He further said, “if you really want something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse.”

That being said, we must deserve what we want to receive. We can deserve it by finding a way to get it. We can get it by becoming what it takes to attract it. In the same manner a seed attracts what it needs from the soil, sunshine, rain, and air, to become all it was meant to be, we can attract from that which is around us all we need in order to become all we were meant to be. We are not to fight the universe around us, we are to use it to our advantage in the same manner a sail uses the wind to help propel the ship to its destination. If the sail is set correctly, the ship will sail to its desired destination. If the sail is not set correctly, the winds could toss the ship, run it into a reef, flip it over and even sink it.

Just like you can make the winds help you get where you want to be by the correct set of your sail, you can also make life pay you what you want by the correct setting of your philosophical sail thereby, using that which is around you to propel you to success rather than allowing it to take your dreams and dash them on the rocks. The choice is yours. It requires making a quality decision. One that will not give in or give up when challenged.

It is your life. Don’t let others make decisions for you. Make them for yourself. Decide what you want and go after it. Do not give up until you get it.

Best of LUCK as you
Labor Under Correct Knowledge…


Rick Cox