The 7 Decisions: Understanding the Keys to Personal Success

The 7 Decisions: Understanding the Keys to Personal Success

by Andy Andrews


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The 7 Decisions: Understanding the Keys to Personal Success by Andy Andrews

Just one of these decisions can alter the course of a person’s life. What if you decided to master all seven?

In this revised and repackaged version of Mastering the Seven Decisions, master storyteller and life coach Andy Andrews has fast-forwarded the concept of success and what it takes to make it stick. Seeking out what separates the ordinary life from the extraordinary, Andrews has spent much of his life dissecting countless biographies and spending time with some of the most successful people on the planet in an effort to understand the principles that propel them toward greatness.

The result: seven simple principles that – when applied consistently- render extraordinary lives. Through his entertaining, down-to-earth style, Andrews introduces these principles and offers all the tools necessary to make lasting changes in your life.

The consistent application of the Seven Decisions brings about what can only be called miracles: What was once labeled “impossible” actualizes. Opportunities that once eluded you are now attracted to you. Dysfunctional relationships transform into harmonious ones. Life, which was once a struggle, now becomes an exciting adventure!

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“I read everything he writes again and again. Andy Andrews is, quite simply, my favorite author.”

—Margaret Kelly, CEO, RE/MAX

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—Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley, USAF Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command

“If Andy Andrews lived in England, the queen would have knighted him by now. Andy’s books—all of his books—are just that good!”

—Louie Anderson, comedian and actor

“Andy Andrews’s encouragement and motivation have inspired AdvoCare leaders to take the next step forward in their businesses. His insight and wisdom are appreciated, and The Seven Decisions is a must-read book!”

—Richard Wright, president and CEO, AdvoCare

“Andy Andrews has done it again. This book will inspire you, touch your heart and soul, and change you in every way you desire!”

—Don Hobbs, chairman and cofounder, Hobbs & Herder Advertising

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780529104359
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 107,476
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Andy Andrews is a bestselling novelist, speaker, and consultant for some of the world’s most successful teams, largest corporations, and fastest-growing organizations. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Noticer, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, and the modern classic The Traveler’s Gift. For more information, please visit

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: Creating the Life You Choose xiii

Discovering the Seven Decisions

Seek, and Ye Shall Find

Seven Principles, Seven Decisions

Real-Life Travelers

The Qualities of Leadership

How to Read This Book

The Power of Consistency

1 The Responsible Decision: The Buck Stops Here 1

Playing the Blame Game

The Power of Thought

Catching the Prize

Trading Freedom

Overcoming Fear of Failure

Og's Initiative for Success

A Defeated Washington

Embracing the Gift of Adversity

Real Traveler Profile: Jimmy Dean

2 The Guided Decision: I Will Seek Wisdom 25

Seeking Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

The Power of Fellowship

Your Board of Directors

Beware of the Danger Point

An Afternoon in Waterloo

Napoleon's Blunder

Learning to Serve Others

Alfred Vanderbilt's Servant Spirit

Fuller's Life Experiment

Real Traveler Profile: Bob Hope

3 The Active Decision: I Am a Person of Action 49

The Decision to Act

History Remembers the Bold

The Way of the Hero

Becoming a Person of Action

Chamberlain's Charge

Early to Bed, Early to Rise …

The Butterfly's Effect on Change

The Protective Field of Purpose

Adams's Choice

Real Traveler Profile: Stan Lee

4 The Certain Decision: I Have a Decided Heart 77

The Purpose of Analysis

A Decided Heart

Finding Your Vision

Your Heart, Your Life

The Cortes Initiative

Burning Our Boats

Thriving on Rejection

The Passion of Decisiveness

Architecting the Greatest Show on Earth

Living a Life of Unlimited Possibility

Real Traveler Profile: General Norman Schwarzkopf

5 The Joyful Decision: Today I Will Choose to be Happy 99

Beware of Conditioning

A Happy Choice

A Possessor of a Grateful Spirit

Who's Packing Your Parachute?

The Magic of Smiling

The Secret to Lasting Success

The Joy of Stupidity

Living a Dog's Life

Real Traveler Profile: Amy Grant

6 The Compassionate Decision: I Will Greet This Day With a Forgiving Spirit 123

The Anger-Management Myth

The Ultimate Anger-Resolution Course

The Gift of Forgiveness

The Miracle of Forgiveness

Hopeful Forgiveness

A Powerful Act of Forgiveness

The Poison of Unforgiveness

Beginning Anew

Real Traveler Profile: Norman Vincent Peale

7 The Persistent Decision: I Will Persist Without Exception 145

The Habit of Quitting

… Without Exception

A Commitment to Persistence

Faith or Fear

The Doorway Beyond Fear

True Rainmakers

The Unlucky Traveler

People of Persistence

Embracing a World of Crisis

An Idea Backed by Ceaseless Persistence

Real Traveler Profile: Joan Rivers

Conclusion: Final Thoughts on the Seven Decisions 175

Do You Really Matter?

Pioneering Your Own Life

The Obstacles on Your Path to Greatness

Success Through Failure

The Realm of Endless Possibilities

An Endless Web of Decisions

24 Hours and Counting…

A Different Choice

A Destiny with Success Meditation

Bibliography 191

Acknowledgments 193

About the Author 195

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This book was incredibly riveting and absorbing!! A must read for Christians AND those who are not! You will finish it with your heart pounding and tears in your eyes at the truthfulness you find!! Read on!!
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