Making Decisions are the Way Changes are Integrated Into Your Life

by Michael Berry on February 8, 2015

The act of making a decision, in a very scientific sense, is the way that changes are integrated into your life. These changes, however slight, alter the course of your experience. Of course, you do this every day—actually, nearly every moment of every day. You make thousands of decisions daily that are so routine you don’t even acknowledge them. But they create your experience daily nonetheless.

Make a cup of coffee? Pick up that pencil? Dial that phone number? Turn on the television? Grab a snack? Take a drink of water? Brush your teeth? Go for a run? Relax and do nothing? Meditate? Read a book? Send out an e-mail? Check the Internet? Compose an e-mail? Virtually everything that fills your day is created by a decision you make, so this experience is very familiar to you.

What may not be so familiar is the idea of focusing these decisions into a particular direction to bring about a desired result. What you will find is that the more aware and skilled you become at making decisions that are in direct alignment with your Future Self, the more you will be creating that reality in your experience.

Let’s take a look at how this works.

Let’s say you are a student in school and you have a report paper due tomorrow. You haven’t begun writing it, so you know you have a few hours of time you need to dedicate to completing this task. In front of you is a blank sheet of paper and a pen (your teacher is requiring you to write this by hand—no word processors or computers!). As you stare at the paper, you think of how thirsty you are, and how nice a cup of tea would taste. But that would take about 20 minutes and keep you from writing—so you decide against it and pick up the pen. You try to write the title on the page but there is no ink in your pen. You throw that pen away and find another, then write the title on the page. Your phone rings. A couple of your best friends want you to join them for a movie. You think about this for a moment, and envision what a great time that would be. But, of course, if you go to the movies your paper won’t get finished. What to do?

What you decide at each moment determines the success of your overall goals. If you turn your friends down, and continue to make decisions throughout the evening that are in service to finishing the paper, you will, in all likelihood do exactly that. But if you get up out of your chair and head for the theatre, you may not finish the project in time and the consequences of that choice will be yours.

There’s no right or wrong in this example. It simply comes down to what you want to accomplish and how to best make that happen in view of situations, opportunities or adversity that occur.

Personal development is our business and our life.
Michael Berry
In personal development we learn that “we all see and experience the world not as it is, but as we are”.

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Julie K Beachum November 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Appreciate you sharing this Making Decisions are the Way Changes are Integrated Into Your Life, Michael. You always provide very informative information! Julie

Michael Berry November 14, 2011 at 9:21 am

You’re welcome Julie and thanks for your comments.

Jane Araguel November 13, 2011 at 5:54 am

It is true that you every single day we make so many decisions whether knowingly or unknowingly. It is important to make decisions that build us or make us better than how we are at the moment. Awesome post as usual.

Michael Berry November 14, 2011 at 9:22 am

Thanks as always for your comments.

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