How to Start a Positive Chain Reaction in Your Life

Despite the millions of words that have been written about change theory and change management, many are caught in the doldrums, not happy with the status quo but unsure how to break free from it.

However, there is one incredibly powerful thing you can do to create change in your life—or anywhere. And the good news is that you can do it today.

What is it? Make a positive decision. Determine what you will do to move forward, then share that decision with someone.

When you make a positive decision, you set in motion a cascading series of positive reactions that move you in the right direction. Amelia Earhart, the record-setting aviator and first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

Let’s look at the positive ways that exercising the power of choice affects your life. Here’s what happens the moment you make a positive decision.

You Become Energized

Perhaps one of the worst things about having a negative outlook is how it makes you feel: powerless, stuck, helpless, lethargic. One of the reasons you find yourself unable to take positive actions is that you feel blah all the time. It is remarkably easy to remain stuck in a place of low energy and no positive movement. Making a choice changes everything. The very act of choosing which direction to take is energizing. Having made a choice, you instantly feel better and most of all relieved at no longer being stuck.

You Create Possibilities

Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” He was pointing to a reality that positive thinking people know what those with a negative attitude never experience: when you take action, things happen. Of course the universe doesn’t literally conspire to make your dreams come true, but when you make a choice and act on it, positive things result that you would not have foreseen. More importantly, these are positive results that never would have occurred if you had not first taken the risk to step out and act on your choice.

You Gain Resources

Decision makers attract attention and gather resources. That’s because most people want to be associated with optimistic, successful people who are engaged in doing something positive in the world. Simply by making a choice to move forward and sharing that choice with others, you will gain support, encouragement, and a partnership with others on the same journey.

You Build Momentum

Getting started is the most difficult part of any project. Remember that you don’t have to see the whole staircase to climb the first step. You don’t have to know all the steps to completing a project in order to move the ball forward. Once you do begin, momentum begins to build and before long it’s difficult to stop working on it.

What would you like to change in your organization or in your own life? Decide today what you will do about it, and tell someone that decision. Give it a try, and see what happens!

What decision have you made? I’d love to hear your answer on Facebook or Twitter!




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