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“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” Stephen Covey

Motivation Mondays: DECISIONS

Motivation Mondays: DECISIONS

We are not living in a world where all roads are radii of a circle and where all, if followed long enough, will therefore draw gradually nearer and finally meet at the centre: rather in a world where every road, after a few miles, forks into two, and each of those into two again, and at each fork, you must make a decision. C. S. Lewis
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. Ralph Waldo Emerson

What kind of Decisions did you make today? Every day, we make decisions, large and small, that have an impact on our lives in some way.  Today, I spent 4 hours at my local DMV trying to renew my drivers license to the new upgraded version that, if we plan to travel, will affect us all by 2020. Yes, I could have taken the suggested August 2nd appointment when I tried to schedule one online but, I was impatient to be done with the process. My decision cost me 4 extra hours that could have been spent elsewhere. Each decision we make will leave a wake … a reverberation that impacts other areas of our lives.  As I sat there fuming, waiting for my turn, it got me thinking about how we make decisions/choices to do A or B and how that unfolds into other circumstances in our lives. One thing is clear, regardless of what we choose to do in a situation, our attitude can make a difference. We might not have a choice in the outcome of the road taken but, we have a choice on how we respond to those outcomes. We can moan and groan or chin up and move on.

Why did I write today’s post? An important point on this subject was my decision to go ahead and write this post, even though my day was shot. Plus, I had other pressing engagements to handle. I wrote it because I’d made a commitment to myself and my readers to make Monday an inspired day; plus I was not going to let us down, Normally,  I  prefer to have my blog posts up before midnight east coast time, however, this blog is set at west coast (pacific) time. Why?  If you’ve followed this blog from its inception, you’d know that I started it, in California, as a motivational support newsletter for my agents. As training manager, I wanted to give them inspirational support, as well as practical, industry related information. When the market crashed, in 2008, and things fell apart, I turned the newsletter into the blog you are reading today. I took the unfortunate outcome of one situation and made a decision to turn it into another positive endeavor. It is in staying flexible and choosing meaningful alternatives that we see a pathway open. In life, it is imperative that we choose a road and take it. Damn the consequences or stay prayerful that it all pans out.

READ: Reflections: The Toughest Questions

You have witnessed a man rob a bank, but then, he did something completely unusual and unexpected with the money. He donated it to an orphanage that was poor, run-down and lacking in proper food, care, water and amenities. The sum of money would be a great benefit to the orphanage, and the children’s lives would turn from poor to prosperous. Would you:
a: Call the police and report the robber, even though they would likely take the money away from the orphanage, or
b: Do nothing and leave the robber and the orphans alone? VIA LISTVERSE


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“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” Tony Robbins

Motivation Mondays: DECISIONS

Motivation Mondays: DECISIONS

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. Amelia Earhart
You write your life story by the choices you make. You never know if they have been a mistake. Those moments of decision are so difficult. Helen Mirren

Do you fear making decisions in hard times? The storms in our lives help us learn about our own strengths in decision-making. Whether we like it or not, sometimes, we have to make tough decisions to help move a situation or resolve a quandary in our path. While some decisions are clear cut and pretty easy to make, others are complex, unclear and offer little clarity but, we must still choose what to do. Our fear of choosing might make us stall until pushed by other forces to act. The two moral dilemma stories I shared in this post, and Robert Frost’s famous poem The Road Not Taken, are reminders of how challenging decision-making can be. It is fraught with complications that can create new problems and decisions to make.  But act, we must!

READ: Motivation Mondays: LIFE CHOICES

Your best friend is about to get married. The ceremony will be performed in one hour, but you have seen, just before coming to the wedding, that your friend’s fiancee has been having an affair. If your friend marries this woman, she is unlikely to be faithful, but on the other hand, if you tell your friend about the affair, you will ruin his wedding. Would you, or would you not, tell your friend of the affair?VIA LISTVERSE

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. via

Have a happy, peaceful and productive week ahead!

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Positive Motivation Tip: Decide and be at peace with your decision

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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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79 Comments leave one →
  1. Pooja Kawatra Gupta permalink
    26/07/2018 6:36 am

    I think taking a decision in difficult situation is not easy as we are always worried about but at times they are the best decision.

  2. topknotchonline permalink
    26/07/2018 6:43 am

    Wow this was really encouraging. I really struggle when it comes to decision making so this was right up my alley!

  3. Ashley permalink
    26/07/2018 6:52 am

    I say this all the time… that our mindset and decisions impact our lives significantly! A lot of people seriously underestimate their decision making/thought process prior to making a decision. It’s something we all need to be more aware of!

  4. Taryn permalink
    26/07/2018 7:12 am

    Wow! What an interesting and uplifting post. I didn’t know the history of your blog. I enjoy reading the quotes and words of motivation!

  5. Kartika Nair permalink
    26/07/2018 8:40 am

    I really loved the quote of Stephen Covey. And I loved the idea of motivation moday its much needed motivation for productive week ahead.

  6. Kristy B permalink
    26/07/2018 8:53 am

    I love the Robert Frost poem. It was one of my favorites when we were studying his work in school. I agree that we all need to be held accountable for our choices. Even if we have difficult circumstances in life, we can make good decisions.

  7. Megan permalink
    26/07/2018 9:31 am

    These images are just as beautiful as the words that accompany them – thank you for sharing. x

  8. permalink
    26/07/2018 10:08 am

    That is such a powerful quote by Stephen Covey – I couldn’t agree with it more! x

  9. Everything on a plate permalink
    26/07/2018 10:37 am

    We so look forward to your motivational blogs. It’s so well written. We so saved the calendar

  10. Khushboo permalink
    26/07/2018 10:52 am

    That’s a beautiful motivational post. This post will surely help me to stay motivated whole week. Thanks for sharing this with us

  11. Amy Dong permalink
    26/07/2018 11:25 am

    Ahhh, decisions! They are such an integral and important aspect of life! I often think that the harder thing for me are not as much the big decisions but the daily little ones that I make that can affect the people I love and spend my days with 🙂

  12. iyalouisa permalink
    26/07/2018 11:34 am

    I love this! I think it’s time for me to start making more decisions and change the circumstances in my life around!

  13. Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest permalink
    26/07/2018 12:37 pm

    There is so much truth in that C.S. Lewis quote. It seems like no matter what decision you make there’s always another decision after that, and another after that, and so-on and so-on. However, it never seems to fail that you want to hesitate before making a decision because what if it’s the wrong decision. I’m so feeling this today especially. That you for this post!

  14. Anshula permalink
    26/07/2018 12:49 pm

    I love this Monday motivation post! I totally agree that attitude makes such a world of difference (I say this as someone who gripes constantly at the DMV – I should probably take an attitude check).

  15. KAte permalink
    26/07/2018 1:26 pm

    I totally agree that decisions define our lives and not the circumstances, of course some people have it harder than the others but still your intentions are crucial.

  16. Sara permalink
    26/07/2018 3:12 pm

    I can relate the mentions in this post. I have a hard time making decisions, but they are necessary to evolve.

  17. Mentorship Program permalink
    26/07/2018 4:33 pm

    Decisions will either produce healthy, amazing results that we all desire or making the wrong ones will ruin us. The choice is always in our hands. Thanks for the reminder!

  18. Carol Cassara permalink
    26/07/2018 6:19 pm

    I usually sleep on a decision before I decide. It’s really important for me to have a clear mind and it’s also more important to decide with a positive heart. I think it’s good to turn things around with the decisions that we make.

  19. Sarah Holladay permalink
    26/07/2018 6:23 pm

    Proud of you for still writing even when your day was shot! These are always so encouraging and packed with truth!

  20. Deserted_Queen permalink
    26/07/2018 10:27 pm

    The only reason I love your posts is you make me think.. And make me question myself.
    this is one more topic.. It is said, “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped” I dont know where
    i read it but I thought it would fit in here…

  21. Gadgets.A permalink
    27/07/2018 1:04 am

    Taking right decisions in life is very important..One wrong decision will affect your life so much..Nice article..Thank you..

  22. Nancie permalink
    27/07/2018 2:57 am

    I agree with Steven Covey’s and Tony Robbins. Decisions are what shape our lives.

  23. Nati permalink
    27/07/2018 3:32 am

    I love that you address this subject. Although I regret some of the decisions I’ve taken in the past, I’m forever grateful to have had the freedom to take those decisions, something that not everybody has.

  24. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    27/07/2018 5:58 am

    That scenario about the moral dilemma. It made me think what would be the right thing to do. There are so many conflicting thoughts, like “the end does not justify the means,” “done something wrong to make others’ lives better.” However, if I were in that situation, I would rather not report it. The man wanted to give the children a more comfortable living condition, and that maybe his action was brought about by desperation. It was a decision he made even if he may have prior knowledge of the consequences that may arise.

  25. wordsofntemid permalink
    27/07/2018 6:42 am

    Aaahhh yes, decisions! So important for they dictate what happens in the next second.

    If you ask me, I say that they must be done, with backing of dependable accurate information.

  26. Sigrid Says Blog permalink
    27/07/2018 8:01 am

    I did not make major decisions today. But mine was probably early this year. It was big because it basically freed me from all the pain and misery. So happy I did 😀

  27. Daisy permalink
    27/07/2018 9:51 am

    I love that the road we travel isn’t always straight and has many twists, turns and circles depending on the choices we make in our lives and also by the choices others close to us make…

  28. Ayana permalink
    27/07/2018 10:23 am

    You’re so right! I often think about the impact of the smallest decisions and how my life or day could be on a completely different path right now, had I made different ones. I hope it all worked out in the end at the DMV!

  29. Sue-Tanya McHorgh permalink
    27/07/2018 1:15 pm

    I like that poem by Robert Frost. I have been trying to remember the author of the poem and here you come with the reminder. I have indeed been going through some hard times and ofcourse some hard choices. I have been hoping that time would just present me with a solution but it doesn’t . I should just decide and be at peace with my decision.

  30. David Elliott permalink
    27/07/2018 1:41 pm

    Moments of decision are so very important. They make all the difference. Of course Robert Frost captured it so amazingly in his poem. 🙂

  31. Mama in Heels permalink
    27/07/2018 2:13 pm

    We need to make decisions every single day. Sometimes we have to really think about them especially if there are potential consequences.

    I would definitely tell my friend about it…and I did once…lost a friendship but then 3 years later we became friends again because she realized that I was right all along and that he was a cheater!

  32. BasicallyTesha permalink
    27/07/2018 3:05 pm

    This is such an amazing message.So many great points made, looking forward to more of this

  33. Jojo Hua permalink
    27/07/2018 7:04 pm

    This is very true. Every day, the smallest decisions we make can impact and change where our lives will take us.

  34. Sara Welch permalink
    27/07/2018 9:10 pm

    In my line of work there are a lot of decisions to make. Did I make the best ones? I hope so!

  35. Vanessa Delia permalink
    27/07/2018 9:11 pm

    We must consider the consequences of our decisions; whether good or bad. That is all we can do!

  36. Aseky Bonnaire permalink
    27/07/2018 9:43 pm

    I ABSOLUTELY love that quote. So many people blame their parents, their childhood for their life. But really its your choices that you need to blame!

  37. eliza permalink
    28/07/2018 4:37 am

    Those situation you stated are truly challenging.. yet yes, will have to think over. Decisions will bring out circumstances and result. But which ever we go to I believe those will be our choices too.

  38. brianmayroam permalink
    28/07/2018 8:08 am

    Covey has some amazing quotes. I remember reading his seven habits book during my undergrad years. One of the takeaways was that you should be a product of your decisions rather than your circumstances.

  39. Sarah Bean permalink
    28/07/2018 11:59 am

    I love that you followed through on the post even though your day was shot. This was a stressful week for me as well!

  40. Cindy permalink
    28/07/2018 12:59 pm

    I spent the afternoon at the DMV, too, and was fuming that no one had their necessary paperwork. I felt they were wasting “my” time. I decided it’s not “my” time, but time that I have been given and that made all the difference.

  41. permalink
    28/07/2018 4:02 pm

    Great post, and so right! Today I made the decision to spend my hard earned money on flights to Turkey to meet a guy that I think I may be in love with… wish me luck Elizabeth! x

  42. Tamra Phelps permalink
    28/07/2018 4:19 pm

    Decisions can be fatal. After a bad illness (infection led to sepsis, 2 months in hospital on my back, and the need to learn to lift my arms, walk, etc., all over again), I decided to go to the physical therapy center over 3 hours from home because it could’ve taken weeks to find another place. Bad decision! It was not a good care center. I wound up hospitalized again, with UTI and very low potassium. 3 months wasted. But I decided to find a new place, close to home, and start over. I did that 2 weeks ago and it’s great. Physical therapy is going well & I know I will walk out of here.

  43. Dia Darling permalink
    28/07/2018 4:24 pm

    That is a tough debate. I mean it’s basically asking if you’d tell on Robin Hood. I think i’d leave it alone.

  44. chichiuguru permalink
    28/07/2018 9:05 pm

    Decision making is a big deal. We really have to stay focused and on task and make a decision and try as much as possible to See it through. Sorry about the long wait at the DMV GRRR… about the robber I might just let it pass. Since the stolen funds was for a good course. I know two wrongs don’t make a right but still 😀

  45. Tiffany Yong permalink
    28/07/2018 11:28 pm

    What would you do? It’s easier to say it with a clear mind right now, that I would keep quiet about the robber and tell my friend about the affair, if my closer friend is the groom. Of course, all these are easier said than done!

  46. London Mumma permalink
    28/07/2018 11:36 pm

    Everyday is a decision from the moment we open our eyes, to the moment we close them at night. What would life be without decisions?!

  47. Linh permalink
    29/07/2018 3:33 am

    Wow! So inspiring. I do get stuck in dilemmas sometimes. This is what I need!

  48. Alexis permalink
    29/07/2018 4:37 am

    Thank you for this encouragement and I love the motivation monday theme.

  49. Melanie Poulos Walsh permalink
    29/07/2018 6:28 am

    Relatively new here, I found it interesting to learn why you started the site. I’m grateful you made the decision to keep it going despite the frustration I’m sure you felt when the market crashed.

  50. Michele Dennis permalink
    29/07/2018 6:38 am

    I personally don’t fear making decisions. I am however extremely cautious depending on the importance of the decision to be made.

  51. Sassy Fashion Rudy permalink
    29/07/2018 8:22 am

    This is definitely food some food for thought. Love your Motivation Monday’s xo

  52. Leigh Anne permalink
    29/07/2018 10:22 am

    Some decisions are easier to make for sure. I feel like I do not run from decision making, but sometimes I do second guess myself if I made the right one.

  53. Cia Black permalink
    29/07/2018 1:39 pm

    What a post. Decisions happen everyday, we make them without even realizing we are making them sometimes. Such has brushing your teeth or rolling out of bed.

  54. cleverlychanging permalink
    29/07/2018 1:50 pm

    This most really made think and spend some time self-reflecting. The poem “The Road Not Taken” is one of the first poems I ever learned from memory and one of my favorites.

  55. Travel with Karla permalink
    29/07/2018 5:29 pm

    To answer your question in the moral dilemma, I’d tell my friend about the affair. She deserves to know the truth. It’s better to get hurt for a while than to spend her whole life with a wrong man.

  56. alyssafrancois1 permalink
    29/07/2018 6:46 pm

    This is a great post! We always need to think twice before complaining about certain things! Hope you have a great week!

  57. Cindy s. permalink
    29/07/2018 7:49 pm

    Life is full with so many choices and decisions that we make. Sometimes decisions may not be easy. Love this motivation!

  58. kidneyfornikki permalink
    29/07/2018 9:07 pm

    This was an interesting post with a lot of food for thought. I know what I should do in the case of the bank robber but it would be a challenge to actually do it, you know? Lots to think about! Thanks!

  59. Corina permalink
    30/07/2018 5:20 am

    I’ts quite a philosophical question this one. I’ve been giving it a lot of thought. I am definitely the product of my decisions but circumstances cannot be disregarded, as they have always been behind my decisions so…I don’t think I know a definite answer to this one….

  60. aisasami permalink
    30/07/2018 6:01 am

    I made the decision to skip my Tae Kwon Do class because I woke up extra early so I could go to work early. I also have a important phone call tomorrow and want to go to bed early.

  61. Razena | permalink
    30/07/2018 11:11 am

    The moral dilemmas are interesting. I have always thought I had a strong moral compass and yet I find myself feeling quite the affinity for the Robin Hood type bank robber character.

    I don’t know whether I could tell my best friend on his wedding day that his fiancee was cheating on him, but I know that I would want to know, even the second before the marriage is solemnized.

  62. Jenn permalink
    31/07/2018 12:27 am

    Decisions are part of our daily lives, considering the outcome of what chances may we take always give our head space and heart when deciding.

  63. kylie cre8tone permalink
    31/07/2018 1:51 am

    It’s not easy to make a decision sometimes… but a decision will leads to what kind of life we are having now..

  64. Alfonzowords permalink
    31/07/2018 3:01 am

    YES! decide you want a better life & commit to achieving it by focusing on the daily with tasks forwarding you towards your goal!

  65. William Bowman permalink
    31/07/2018 4:27 am

    Look to now for solutions, not the past or the future!

  66. Fiona Crystal permalink
    31/07/2018 8:41 am

    “Each decision we make will leave a wake … a reverberation that impacts other areas of our lives.” So true. This post reminds me of an article I wrote about Decisions. <3 How fascinating is that everything we will ever do will shape our future in some way 🙂

  67. Lisa Rios permalink
    31/07/2018 10:10 am

    Wow what a great post! Moral dilemmas are so hard, but it’s always better to make the right choice. It’s hard to believe that small decisions can affect us so greatly later in life.

  68. flora_the_sweaterist permalink
    31/07/2018 12:05 pm

    It’s how I just keep coming across the word “decision” just after having made an important one in my life myself. I loved this post, it’s so relatable. The question of reporting or not reporting the robbery really made me brood over the matter; and of course, Frost’s poem is one of the most beautiful things ever written. Thanks for sharing with us! It was a nice read after a long workday.

  69. Lynda Wacht permalink
    31/07/2018 6:21 pm

    This is really great, Thanks for sharing.

  70. Becca Wilson permalink
    01/08/2018 4:10 pm

    Decisions can affect you in so many ways. Whether you make one or not is even a decision!

  71. NAMRASTAN permalink
    02/08/2018 2:32 am

    This was motivational and inspirational, and I agree, we can do so much with how we respons to whatever happens. I’m trying to practise this, and even though it can be difficult. I’m Glad you’re responsen was to write this post:)

  72. Holly permalink
    02/08/2018 7:36 pm

    There are definitely some decisions that are no brainers and some that take a lot of careful thought. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  73. Edward permalink
    03/08/2018 5:08 pm

    Very logical. We are the masters of our words we should be very careful and after we made our decisions, we are now the follower, decision making is a privelage. Use it wisely


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