“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

Not making a decision is a decision itself; the choices you make today have long-term consequences in the future. How far we go in life is due to our options, the choices made by your parents on where you lived, schooled and exposure, your own choice on where to live, study, work who to marry, parenting, and other seemingly insignificant decisions that always have consequences.

MJ DeMarco, in his book The Millionaire Fastlane shares some great insights on decision making:

“Your life’s choices are like a mature oak tree with millions of branches. The branches symbolize the consequences of your choices. Near the trunk of the tree, the branches are thick, reflecting the decisions you’ve made early in life, while the top branches are thin, symbolizing decisions near the end of your life.”

Youthful choices radiate the most strength and fabricate the trunk of your tree. As the branches ascend topside through time, they get thinner and weaker. They don’t have enough power to bend the tree in new directions because the trunk is thick with age, experience, and reinforced habits.”

“The smallest choices made in your daily life create habits and lifestyle that forms process-they are the ones that can make the biggest impact. You can’t decide to “go Fastlane” because that itself is just an event. A Fastlane process is hundreds of choices.”

Here are some great quotes on decision making:

  1. “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change direction overnight.”- Jim Rohn
  2. “Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself.~ Robert F. Bennett
  3. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins
  4. “It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.” – Jim Rohn
  5. “Life is about choices. Some we regret, some we’re proud of. Some will haunt us forever. The message: we are what we chose to be.” – Graham Brown
  • “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” – Peter F Drucker
  • “All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.”- Harry S. Truman
  • “Accountability for results requires room for personal judgment and decision-making.” –  Brian Dive, T
  • “The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.”- Maimonides
  • “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Live a life shaped by your heartfelt choices, rather than a life full of decisions you never made.”-Shelley F. Knight
  • “Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens. Decision is the courageous facing of issues, knowing that if they are not faced, problems will remain forever unanswered.” – Wilferd Peterson
  • “Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.” -Stephen R. Covey,
  • “Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision”.-Paulo Coelho
  • “Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days… What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “What’s called a difficult decision is a difficult decision because either way you go there are penalties.” – Elia Kazan
  • “Life is the sum of all of your choices “- Albert Camus
  • “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
  • “Never bring the problem-solving stage into the decision-making stage. Otherwise, you surrender yourself to the problem rather than the solution.” – Robert H. Schuller
  • “It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”- J. K. Rowling
  • “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” -Thomas Sowell
  • The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.” – Ben Stein
  • “An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgments simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.” – Edward de Bono
  • “Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results.” – Scott Adams
  • “A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” – Grantland Rice
  • “Indecision is debilitating; it feeds upon itself; it is, one might almost say, habit-forming. Not only that, but it is contagious; it transmits itself to others.” – Heinz Hopf
  • “To change a habit, make a conscious decision, then act out the new behavior.”- Maxwell Maltz
  • “It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.” – Elbert Hubbard
  • “The key to good decision making is not knowledge… It’s whether our work fulfills us.” – Malcolm Gladwell
  • “The man of decision cannot be stopped! The man of indecision cannot be started! Take your own choice.” – Napoleon Hill

All the best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.

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