You’ve probably heard of situation, perception, decision.

This is where, when you find yourself in a situation (often a sticky one), you use this three-step process.

First, know where you are. That’s to focus on the actual situation.

Then what it means to you. In other words, your perception of the situation.

With that information, it’s easier to make a decision.

But there’s a problem.



Because if you’re like most people (and I’m sure you are), you love to hear what you love to hear.

That means it’s easy to create a deception.

Even though deep down you know you’re only deceiving yourself – you still do it.

Like that one piece of cake.

The ‘no one will notice if I don’t do X’.

An e-mail will be as good as a call.

If I do nothing it will go away.

All of these deceptions can easily be justified.

The problem is this type of thinking means you stand still.  
The best way to overcome the deception is to take one action immediately after making a decision.

The magic’s in the moving.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave them below.

Be Brilliant!



  1. April 18th 2024 by joanna nightingale

    Dear Michael you are such an inspiration, i have loved being part of the ‘be brilliant’ group and it has given me the courage to contact a publisher!!!! and i have just done the second proof reading, and when that is corrected then we are going liiiive and VERA-she who dares wins will be for sale on Amazon-i will of course let you know when this happens. Thank yo for being who you are. kind regarads joanna

    1. April 18th 2024 by Michael Heppell

      Brilliant news Joanna. I’d love a copy when your book is published.

  2. April 18th 2024 by Judith (Judy) Brulo

    Hi, Michael,
    I agree with you, entirely.

  3. April 18th 2024 by Gillian Westlake

    Ah I had worked that out but not seen it put into words …. I don’t deceive myself ( any longer ) I just do it , totally agree with the concept really interesting to see it rxplainec

  4. April 18th 2024 by John Needham

    Well, I kind of agree with you, but how does that work for deciding to send an email and then taking action (which is to send an email)?

    Perhaps the action part should comprise i) ‘Assess the decision to see if it is the right one’, ii) ‘Adjust the decision if necessary’ and then take iii) ‘Action’. Inserting i) and ii) requires the insertion of a ‘Pause’ into one’s habits, or to put it slightly differently, to develop the habit of ‘pausing’ before taking action.

    Pausing prevents knee-jerk Reactions and enables Conscious Action. Learning to pause is hard work, when life pushes you to continuously take action.

    The pause is something I try to strengthen as a habit (not always successfully) and I’ve worked with people who are quick to temper to build that pause in to their thought processes using EFT.

    Conscious Action, not Uunconscious Reaction.

    Have I strayed away from your original question Michael?

  5. April 18th 2024 by Donald McCorkindale


    As someone once said (maybe it was you, Michael !) ‘Never leave the scene of decision, without action’


    PS: Ah… The Google tells me it was Tony Robins!

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