Our lives are determined less by what happens to us, than the sum of the minute-by-minute decisions we make. We can’t always control what happens. But, we always have some measure of control over our response.
There are decisions about today and tomorrow, decisions about right and wrong, big and small decisions, and decisions to act or not to act. Decisions will have an element of each of these characteristics. As human beings, we tend to make many of our conscious decisions based on the anticipated short-term effects, usually as it relates to comfort, safety, pleasure and/or happiness.
Most decisions are made subconsciously. Habits are the innumerable routine decisions we make that allow us to function. Consequently, the decision to form good habits is one of the biggest decisions anyone can make.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going” — Jim Ryun, American Athlete
“Sow a thought, reap an act. Sow an act, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.” — attributed to George Dana Boardman
Action Starts With a Decision
“This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life, and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.” — Omar Bradley
“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing and the worst thing you can do is nothing. “ — Theodore Roosevelt
Decisions Do NOT Require Perfect Knowledge
“The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.” — Henri-Frederic Amiel, philosopher, educator
Good Decisions Require Vision
“Make your decisions for your tomorrows not just your todays.” — Patricia Fripp
“Life is a journey of single steps. None can be taken back. Take each step with the anticipation and the vision of the outcomes you desire.” — Gary Lear, Australia
Deciding to Make a Difference
“There has never been another you. With no effort on your part you were born to be something very special and set apart. What you are going to do in appreciation of that gift is a decision only you can make.” — Dan Zadra
Keeping Decisions In Perspective
“Don’t waste your effort on a thing that results in a petty triumph unless you are satisfied with a life of petty issues.” — John D. Rockefeller
“We can no more afford to spend major time on minor things than we can to spend minor time on major things.” — Jim Rohn
One of Life’s Most Important Decisions
“Forgiveness is ‘selective remembering’ — a conscious decision to focus on love and let the rest go.” — Marianne Williamson
The Ultimate Decision
“As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ So he arose and followed Him.” — Bible, Matthew 9:9
Anyone can become decisive. It’s a decision.
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