“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”
~ Keri Russell
To Add to it, just think about life, and all the decisions that we have taken so far. What we are today are the result of all those small decisions that we took knowingly or unknowingly. And because we are taking decisions all the time, even if we don’t realize it, we should learn to take good decisions. We should train our mind such that our sub conscious mind takes good decision all the time.
Every small decision that we take is a direct result of how we nurture our mind and thinking faculty. Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com has an interesting theory called regret minimization framework. He extrapolates himself 20 years into the future and thinks what are the things that are causing him regrets 20 years from now. Then he goes on to minimize those regrets. By taking decisions that he will not regret 20 years hence. No decisions are right or wrong. It should just minimize your future regrets.
Here are some famous quotes about decision making from several leaders of our times and the past.
“We all possess something called “intuition”. It’s an inner “knowing’ which, when paid attention to, will help us make decisions and even prevent us from making mistakes!”
“When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice. ”
“There are times when a battle decides everything, and there are times when the most insignificant thing can decide the outcome of a battle.”
~ Napoleon Bonaparte
“Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.”
“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.”
~ H. L. Hunt
“Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.”
“In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. ”
“Some choices we live not only once but a thousand times over, remembering them for the rest of our lives.”
~ Richard Bach
“The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. ”
” It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do. ”
“Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader.”
~ George S. Patton
“Some persons are very decisive when it comes to avoiding decisions.”
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. ”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (Paulo Cuelho adapted from this perhaps?)
“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.”
“Too often, the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it’s too late.”
“There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.”
“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided. ”
“A weak man has doubts before a decision; a strong man has them afterwards. ”
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
~ Chinese Proverb
Here is one on Business Decision Making from a Management Guru:
Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives’ decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake.
“Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them. ”
~ Laurence J. Peter
“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
“I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision. ”
“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. ”
“A decision made at night may be changed in the morning. ”
“In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
Here are some Funny Quotes on Decision:
“In my house I’m the boss, my wife is just the decision maker. ”
“A decision is what a man makes when he can’t find anybody to serve on a committee. ”
“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.”
“Decisions become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will to please the world.”
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