Why Decide?

by Michael Berry on October 15, 2015

I’ve cited earlier the irony that the only thing you don’t have a choice on is if you have decisions in your life!

In actuality, you have no choice but to make a choice!

That’s why you decide.

It matters not whether you like it. Being alive means having a choice on how you live your life, what you do, in what ways you create or respond to challenges and/or opportunities, what you say, what you participate in, what your attitude is, and all of the infinite factors that make up your life.

This is true for every human on the planet, to the extent that they can think and decide for themselves. As time marches on, decisions are in lockstep.

”The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.“ Ben Stein (Former presidential speechwriter and television host)

Life takes a whole lot of energy no matter what. Life is, in fact, nothing but energy. Everyone, both those that succeed and those that do not, expend tremendous amounts of it
throughout their day. Life is going to happen around you anyway. You can either engage life and take it within your creative control, or act as a bystander and watch your life unfold as if it is someone else’s experience.

Often the overwhelming frustration people experience is based on one simple fact: they refuse to acknowledge that they have a choice in their life! As the challenges come (and they will—this is life, after all), these individuals choose to play the victim and then find themselves angry that they have no control over what is happening in their lives.

It is universally frustrating to feel that you do not have control over your life, so this feeling is understandable. What isn’t rational, however, is the choice to continue this way of thinking in our lives!

This is the way people unconsciously choose unhappiness. And, of course, this doesn’t change until they choose to change it. It can be a vicious and lifelong cycle.

The good news is that it only takes one bold choice to reverse this direction. Knowing that life’s unpredictability will bounce you around in many directions, you now may understand the importance of gaining control by decision-making to change your life for the better. The truth is that life takes all the time, energy and resources you have, whether you’re moving towards a goal or not. Choosing to make a decision is like picking out a destination on a map and going towards it. It can be very easy to discount your ability to pick a direction and go towards it, but that is what a decision is. And that’s what it takes.

Understanding this tenet, perhaps the more accurate and useful question is “Why Not Decide?”

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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Jane Araguel December 5, 2011 at 10:32 am

We must make decisions every single day of our lives. The decisions we make every day determine a lot of what happens in our lives. We should always strive to make good decisions.

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