Make decisions from the
heart and use your head
it work out.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Decide promptly, but never give any reasons. Your
decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong.
Be willing to make decisions. That's the most
important quality in a good leader. -George
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
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
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
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.
My basic principle is
that you don't make
decisions because they
are cheap; you make
them because they're right. -Theodore Hesburgh
truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.
More than anything else, I believe it's our decisions,
the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny.
the worry in the world is caused by people
trying to make decisions before they have sufficient
knowledge on which to base a decision.
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
should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves.
In the important decisions of personal life, we should be
I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature.
any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is
the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
decision that you make either moves you toward your personality,
toward your soul. Each decision you make is an answer to the
"How do you choose to learn love?", "How do you
choose to learn authentic empowerment--through doubt and fear, or
through wisdom?" -Gary Zukav
more difficult, and
therefore more precious,
than to be able to decide. -Napoleon Bonaparte
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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
"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
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.
sound when the important decisions of our life are made.
Destiny is made known silently. -Agnes
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.
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
mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it
suddenly becomes clear what one means to
do. -Arthur Christopher Benson
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 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.
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