Nothing is more difficult, and
therefore more precious,
than to be able to decide.

Napoleon Bonaparte


Every decision that you make either moves you toward your personality, or toward your soul.  Each decision you make is an answer to the question, "How do you choose to learn love?", "How do you choose to learn authentic empowerment-- through doubt and fear, or through wisdom?"

Gary Zukav

There may be no trumpet sound or loud applause when we make a right decision, just a calm sense of resolution and peace.

Gloria Gaither

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing.  The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Theodore Roosevelt

When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves.  In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature.

Sigmund Freud

Half the worry in the world is caused by people trying to make decisions before they have sufficient knowledge on which to base a decision.

Dean Hawkes


More than anything else, I believe it's our decisions, not
the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny.

Anthony Robbins


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The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.

Mike Krzyzewski

My basic principle is that you don't make decisions because
they are cheap; you make them because they're right.

Theodore Hesburgh

Living is a constant process of deciding what
we are going to do.

Jose Ortega y Gasset


In arriving at a decision in a question of doubt, the apostles
in the Acts were guided solely by their sense of the Spirit behind
the action, not by any speculations as to consequences which
might ensue. And so they found the truth.

Roland Allen

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.

H.A. Hopf

Every decision-making conversation has three hidden conversations lurking
just out of sight.  One is about what we’re trying to accomplish by even
bothering to make a decision.  After all, we could just let things fall
where they may.  The second conversation is about the criteria we’ll use
to make the decision.  The last conversation is about finding and
choosing between different options.

Steve Robbins


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
Be willing to make decisions.  That's the most important quality in a good leader.

George S. Patton
Decide promptly, but never give any reasons. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong.

Lord Mansfield
Make decisions from the heart and use your head to make it work out.

Sir Girad
Until you are committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,
ineffectiveness.  It is true:  the moment one definitely commits oneself,
then Providence moves.  All sorts of things begin to happen to help you
that would never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events
issues from that decision, raising in your favor all manner of unforeseen
incidents, meetings and material assistance, which you couldn't
have dreamt would come your way.

W.H. Murray

You are now at a crossroads.  This is your opportunity to make the most
important decision you will ever make.  Forget your past.  Who are you
now?  Who have you decided you really are now?  Don't think about who
you have been.  Who are you now?  Who have you decided to become?
Make this decision consciously.  Make it carefully.  Make it powerfully.

Anthony Robbins


Few people know this, but any decision is acceptable when you can't decide.
The trick is to make the decision right because you made it.  In other words,
when you are torn between two roads, pick one and then make the one you
picked right.  In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter.  If you can't
see down the road enough to know which decision to make, then no one can
fault you for making a decision.  Of course, in a pinch, you could always flip a coin.

Joe Vitale
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Never cut a tree down in the wintertime.  Never make a negative
decision in the low time.  Never make your most important decisions
when you are in your worst moods.  Wait.  Be patient.
The storm will pass.  The spring will come.

Robert H. Schuller

A rule of thumb for a warrior is that he makes his decisions so carefully
that nothing that may happen as a result of them can surprise
him, much less drain his power.

Carlos Castaneda


Decisions, particularly important ones, have always made me sleepy,
perhaps because I know that I will have to make them by instinct,
and thinking things out is only what other people tell me I should do.

Lillian Hellman


The key to success is to make good decisions.
The key to making good decisions is to have experience.
The key to getting experience is to make bad decisions.


Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision, a dull
one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind it.

Gordon Graham


Keep a journal of some of the decisions you make during the day.  Notice when you
do what you want, when you choose not to, and for what reasons.  For example, you
may choose to go to a party when you really want to stay home.  Do you push yourself
to work hard even if you are not feeling well?  Do you hold back from expressing your
ideas, feelings, or creative impulses out of fear of criticism?  Write how you feel about the
choices you made.  Notice how you feel physically and emotionally.  Be careful not to judge
or criticize yourself for any of your choices.  Cultivate an attitude of compassionate
observation so you can learn what works for you and what doesn't.

Shakti Gawain


It is said that history turns on small hinges.  A human career, too, results
from an accumulating series of decisions about large and small matters
over a period of years.  But the catch is that you can never know when
a seemingly small decision may prove to be, from the vantage of later
years, the big decision of your life.

Norman Vincent Peale


Continually one faces the horrible matter of making decisions.  The solution
is, as far as possible, to avoid conscious rational decisions and choices; simply
to do what you find yourself doing; to float in the great current of life with as
little friction as possible; to allow things to settle themselves, as indeed
they do with the most infallible certainty.

Christopher Morley


Not all of your decisions will be correct.  None of us is perfect.  But if you get
into the habit of making decisions, experience will develop your judgment to a
point where more and more of your decisions will be right.  After all, it is better
to be right 51 percent of the time and get something done, than it is
to get nothing done because you fear to reach a decision.

H.W. Andrews 

One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background,
and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.

Arthur Christopher Benson

Form the habit of making decisions when your spirit is fresh. . . to let dark
moods lead is like choosing cowards to command armies.

Charles Horton Cooley


We lose the fear of making decisions, great and small, as we
realize that should our choice prove wrong we can,
if we will, learn from the experience.

Bill W.


No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made.
Destiny is made known silently.

Agnes DeMille

There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is
habitual but indecision.  Fully half of the time of such a person
goes to the deciding, or regretting of matters.

William James


The acorn becomes an oak by means of automatic growth; no commitment
is necessary.  The kitten similarly becomes a cat on the basis of instinct.  Nature
and being are identical in creatures like them.  But a man or woman becomes
fully human only by his or her choices and his or her commitment to them.
People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from
day by day. These decisions require courage.

Rollo May
The Courage to Create


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People "died" all the time. . . . Parts of them died when they made the
wrong kinds of decisions--decisions against life.  Sometimes they died
bit by bit until finally they were just living corpses walking around.  If
you were perceptive you could see it in their eyes; the fire had gone
out. . . you always knew when you made a decision against life.  The
door clicked and you were safe inside--safe and dead.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

When possible make the decisions now, even if the action is in the future.
A revised decision usually is better than one reached at the last moment.

William B. Given, Jr.


The moment a question comes to your mind, see yourself mentally
taking hold of it and disposing of it.  In that moment. . . you learn to
become the decider and not the vacillator.  Thus you build character.

H. Van Anderson



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