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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

DECISIONS: A MORAL DILEMMA
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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06/03   –  05 World Environment  Day, 06, D Day, 08 National Best Friend Day,
06/10   –  13 St Anthony,  15 Eid al-Fitr,
06/17  –   17 Father’s Day, 18 Int’l. Picnic Day, MTV Movie Awards 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 Summer Solstice, Int’l. Yoga Day, World Music Day
06/24   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Day against Drug Abuse/Illicit Trafficking

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07/01   –  TBD 04, Independence Day
07/08   – 11  World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/15  – 15 National Ice cream Day, 18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/22   – 22 Parents Day,
07/29 –  30 International Day of Friendship, Day against Trafficking,

 

 

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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

DECISIONS: A MORAL DILEMMA
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 poetryfoundation.org

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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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157 Comments leave one →
  1. Surabhi K permalink
    24/07/2018 1:56 am

    hey! You are so inspirational. I loved each and every detil of these post. How decision making is important in our life, you have noted down very nicely. Thank you for sharing these with us 🙂 Have a great day 🙂

  2. kumamonjeng permalink
    24/07/2018 3:31 am

    We made decision everyday and some are important and some aren’t. No matter what decision we made, we should not get regreted and cry over it when the decision turn out to be no good or failure. Instead we should use it as a lesson to learn so we could made a better decision in the future.

  3. Karla permalink
    24/07/2018 5:05 am

    Thanks for sharing!I really need this to motivate me in everything I do. Sometimes you need advices from reading and from other people. So happy I found this article.

  4. brahamjade permalink
    24/07/2018 4:08 am

    This is a very thought-provoking post. I have often thought that the decisions we make shape the rest of our lives and your moral dilemma sections have strengthened my opinion of this! Great post!!

  5. momi berlin permalink
    24/07/2018 4:18 am

    Decisions are hard to do if we do not know ourselves. But once we know what we want in our life, decisions are as easy and natural as breathing.

  6. tanviidotcom permalink
    24/07/2018 4:20 am

    I believe the trick to making any decision is being able to live with the consequence. I am a pretty decisive person. I do not like wasting time ‘wondering’ – I trust my instincts and roll with it.

  7. krish permalink
    24/07/2018 5:23 am

    Nice

  8. Quitterstrip permalink
    24/07/2018 5:51 am

    I don’t mind making decisions. What I tire of is being the only one in my family contributing to the decision making. It wears on you! Great post!

  9. acraftymix permalink
    24/07/2018 7:47 am

    Oh my those dilemmas really got me thinking. Such difficult decisions to make, but the life changing one usually are. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learnt to trust my gut and make a call, and deal with the consequences afterwards. Fortunately most of the times it’s worked out right

  10. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    24/07/2018 7:50 am

    That is a moral dilemma, indeed. Some would say that the end would justify the means, but stealing is still a crime.

  11. Elizabeth permalink
    24/07/2018 9:49 am

    Every moment of our lives is shaped by our decisions, and those of others. We choose how we react to situations, we choose how to spend our time. It’s a lesson that took me a long time to learn!

  12. janna permalink
    24/07/2018 2:08 pm

    I often think about the Sartre quote “We are our choices” and to always be mindful of the decisions I make on a daily basis and how they affect others.

  13. Rachael Berthiaume permalink
    24/07/2018 2:57 pm

    What a super great way to get people involved and motivated! The moral dilemmas really have me stumped. The wedding situation I think I might tell my friend…it would be awful for them to find out later on, but hard decisions!

  14. Davindra Ramnarine permalink
    24/07/2018 6:26 pm

    I’m not sure I understand the point of this post. Are you just showing photos that you think are motivating?

  15. Nancie permalink
    24/07/2018 5:46 pm

    I’m not going to answer your moral dilemma. Just remember, if you do tell your friend about the affair, they will no longer be your friend and they will still marry that person. Think about it.

  16. Kesha permalink
    24/07/2018 5:52 pm

    I love Steven Covey. I believe we are a product of our decisions. Whether or not we make a good or bad decision, we always have a choice. I will always side on the side of right so if I know my friend is about to make the worst decision of his life and marry a cheater, I have to tell him and risk losing the friendship. In the robbing situation, I probably would call the police. In this day and age, there are so many ways to raise money for people who have needs. There’s no excuse to rob a bank. All you need to do is start a Kickstarter program. If I was a charity, I wouldn’t want dirty money.

  17. Ashlee Morgan | SheCanSocial.com permalink
    24/07/2018 7:28 pm

    Oh geez, spending four hours at the DMV sounds horrible…but you’re absolutely right, you made the decision to deal with the wait for now instead of waiting to make the change later! It all balances out one way or another. Thanks for the motivation!

  18. thevintagegypsygirl permalink
    24/07/2018 8:18 pm

    I tell myself everyday to make the conscious decision to make better choices. I know that where we are today is a summation of our past choices. And where we go tomorrow depends on what we chose to do today.

  19. Geraline Batarra permalink
    24/07/2018 10:01 pm

    Loved this kind of quote where justification is super right. Decision in life is what our future will be done.

  20. Quitterstrip permalink
    24/07/2018 9:14 pm

    Making decisions is an interesting topic. I feel before something has come to pass, I typically weight the good vs. the bad of the decision. However, if I’m caught up in the moment of a decision, and it has to be made right now, I’m very decisive and don’t have a second thought about it.

  21. Sam permalink
    24/07/2018 9:26 pm

    While circumstances can effect our decisions, at the end of the day our decisions ultimately effect everything we do.

  22. rhianwestbury permalink
    24/07/2018 10:43 pm

    The decisions we make every single day can totally shape how the rest of our day goes. We make decisions from the second we wake up x

  23. Michelle Christie permalink
    24/07/2018 10:01 pm

    That is a great question to ask right off the bat. What decisions did you make today. Everyday is a new day with new decisions to make. Even when you are not making a decision, you are making a decision. Thank you for a thought-provoking post.

  24. Geraline Batarra permalink
    24/07/2018 11:08 pm

    This is such a great article and very encouraging. Loved the quote you’ve made. It’s our decision that what can we become in the future.

  25. Diana Tidswell permalink
    25/07/2018 4:49 am

    This is such a great motivation quote for everyone. This is to remind us that every decision we make is what our future will be like.

  26. cleverlychanging permalink
    25/07/2018 7:25 am

    It can be easy to try and play the blame game when it comes to disappointment faced in one’s life, when we step aside and take an objective approach we will realize that all we need to do is change our perception, believe in ourselves, plan, and then take action accordingly.

  27. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    25/07/2018 6:43 am

    I’ve gotten even better at making decisions over the year and it definitely has something to do with my husband’s positive inspiration to just MAKE A DANG DECISION – hahahahaha!

  28. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    25/07/2018 6:56 am

    I just love your motivation Mondays! Great way to boost up my week.
    As for the theme: decisions are super hard to make because you have to have so much inside your head, so many consequences but at the same it’s so easy when you let your intuition and heart help your brain.

  29. Joanna permalink
    25/07/2018 8:01 am

    Both dilemmas are very hard to answer and make me think of the Trolley Problem ethical experiment. There is no right or wrong answer, and none makes us a better or worse person. It’s all about taking a decision and living with the consequences.

  30. scrapbookadventures365 permalink
    25/07/2018 8:10 am

    Ooooh moral dilemmas! I love it when people ask me these – I can never decide what to do! Interesting post, making decisions can be hard, especially if they make a big difference on your life.

  31. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    25/07/2018 7:17 am

    That’s a moral dilemma, indeed. Some would say the end justifies the means, but stealing is still a crime. 🙁

  32. dagniee permalink
    25/07/2018 7:32 am

    All your shots and contents are amazing. I have to visit more places. You are doing a great work

  33. simplysensationalfood permalink
    25/07/2018 12:03 pm

    This is a thought provoking post , the story of the person stealing and then donating to an orphanage sounds like a kind gesture but it’s not his own money to give. I think it is still wrong to steal. Somebody might have scrimped and saved and put money in bank who also needed that money and trusted the bank to keep it safe.

  34. simplysensationalfood permalink
    25/07/2018 12:08 pm

    This post is thought provoking and very interesting. The story of the guy who stole and donated to an orphanage is a kind gesture but it’s still stealing .It was not his money or choice to give it away , the money is in safe keeping in the bank and belongs to people who them selves may have struggled to save it.Stealing is wrong no mater what reason it’s done for. Some people may dissaggree but that is my thoughts on it.

  35. Antique fables permalink
    25/07/2018 11:13 am

    I have come to understand that there is no right or wrong concerning the things of life. I believe in making my decisions inline with my intuition, once do that most times I tend to be fine

  36. Anvita permalink
    25/07/2018 12:19 pm

    We all have to make decisions everyday. Sometimes we make good decisions, sometimes bad. Sometimes easy, sometimes bold. That is life.

  37. Azlin Bloor permalink
    25/07/2018 1:16 pm

    A very intriguing supposition and absolutely true. Far too many people are happy to lay blame on their circumstances when things go bad, but we reap what we sow.

  38. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    25/07/2018 2:00 pm

    I’m really not the best person at making decisions. It can take me ages to decide on the simple things so things that are far more important can be extremely difficult in some cases for me to manage. The moral dilemma you mentioned is a hard one!!!

  39. Katie permalink
    25/07/2018 2:05 pm

    My decisions are often catered around my kids. It’s a good stage of life though, short, sweet and meaningful.

  40. Caroline Brandt permalink
    25/07/2018 3:09 pm

    I love your motivation Monday posts. It’s always important to stay positive and to look toward the bright side! -Tonya Tardiff

  41. The Sprouting Minds permalink
    25/07/2018 2:25 pm

    I am the worst at making decisions. I have got to work on finishing what the best solution is for me and my family instead of counting on others to make decisions for me 🙂 Starting out this week motivated!

  42. trinaellen permalink
    25/07/2018 3:09 pm

    I always love your collages, they are so inspiring! This subject really resonates with me because I am so sick of hearing people blame their childhood for how they act, most of us didn’t have a picture perfect upbringing but we have to make the decision to become who we want.

  43. Sigrid Says Blog permalink
    25/07/2018 5:35 pm

    4 hours? Thankfully, I don’t drive so I don’t have to go through that. I don’t like waiting in government offices because honestly, you waste so much time!

  44. Quitterstrip permalink
    25/07/2018 8:19 pm

    That’s a hard question! I think a wedding is not a place to involve yourself in the bride/groom’s business. That is something that the two of them would have to work out.

  45. Thea permalink
    25/07/2018 8:53 pm

    I would definitely tell him that his fiance is cheating. That would save him a lot of time wasted in a marriage that was never going to work. He can hate me for it or he can maybe not believe me, but I will tell him.

  46. Jenna permalink
    25/07/2018 9:23 pm

    Very good points made! And i am totally impatient and wouldnjave done the same thing you did!

  47. Jeannine permalink
    26/07/2018 12:20 am

    my decision for the day: to have more fun. I really work way to hard and don’t spent enough time with my people. I make decisions easily, i just dn’t always stick to them haha.

  48. Backpacking Series permalink
    26/07/2018 1:06 am

    Thank you for the inspiration and motivation. As a training manager, there is a strong impact one can have on decision making of the participants. Appreciate your commitment. Decision making is what we wake up with and what we sleep with! Very important elements brought in here.

  49. Nidhi Fouzdar permalink
    26/07/2018 3:39 am

    Life is all about taking decisions which can either give you success or experience. Proper analysis of consequences can lead to better and healthy decision.

  50. Preet permalink
    26/07/2018 5:02 am

    It is important to have a right decision. But making them is the hardest thing to do. This is a great post to remind us how decision making contribute to our daily lives.

  51. Rosey permalink
    26/07/2018 5:33 am

    I know I’ve replied before, but I wanted to thank you for writing about the upgrade to the license. I didn’t realize this was going to happen, I haven’t even heard of it. It’s been awhile since we have flown…I’m so glad to know though, and am going to upgrade sooner rather than later too!

  52. theworldthroughascholz permalink
    26/07/2018 5:44 am

    This week has been fully of new decisions. How to run a business and be a a good wife and full time mom. How to clean the house the best and fastest way. When to work out (decided at 5am where I can go before husband goes to work), what is the best food plan for my crazy life. When do we have more kids? SO MUCH going on this week.

  53. Amanda Millie permalink
    26/07/2018 6:06 am

    This is very inspiring, thank you for sharing your thoughts

  54. fashionandstylepolice permalink
    26/07/2018 5:07 am

    I agree! Everyday we make both small and big decisions. We are the decision makers in our lives and we need to take responsibility for the outcomes whether good or bad.

  55. 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.

  56. 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!

  57. Flyingkids permalink
    26/07/2018 5:43 am

    This post is full of inspiration. This will help a lot of people out there especially those who want to know the purpose of every decision they make.

  58. 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!

  59. 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!

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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

  63. AlwaysCarryOn.com permalink
    26/07/2018 10:08 am

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

  64. 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

  65. 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

  66. 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 🙂

  67. 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!

  68. 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!

  69. 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).

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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!

  73. 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.

  74. 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!

  75. 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…

  76. 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..

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

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

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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 😀

  82. 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…

  83. 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!

  84. 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.

  85. 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. 🙂

  86. 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!

  87. 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

  88. 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.

  89. 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!

  90. 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!

  91. 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!

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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!

  95. 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.

  96. AlwaysCarryOn.com 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

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

  99. 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 😀

  100. 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!

  101. 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?!

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

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

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

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

  104. 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.

  105. 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.

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

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

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

  111. 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!

  112. 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!

  113. 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!

  114. 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….

  115. 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.

  116. Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com 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.

  117. 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.

  118. 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..

  119. 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!

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

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

  121. 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 🙂

  122. 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.

  123. 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.

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

    This is really great, Thanks for sharing.

  125. 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!

  126. 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:)

  127. 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.

  128. 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

  129. Alexis permalink
    04/08/2018 3:43 am

    Our days are all made up of tiny decisions that create the bigger picture. I love your DMV example, it’s so true. Appointments there always save time.

  130. Nandyz Soulshine permalink
    04/08/2018 2:03 pm

    I truly believe what CS Lewis says about the road of our life forking in 2 after every few miles…because it’s the decisions that we make at each of these points that decides how our life is shaped. We are what our decisions have led up to.
    – Nandita

  131. Erica permalink
    06/08/2018 8:31 am

    With the moral dilemmas I’d have to go with honesty and truth. Allowing a thief to go free or allowing the marriage to proceed would be easier in the short-term, but make things more difficult for everyone in the long-term.

  132. 06/08/2018 2:39 pm

    I tend to think about all the other options I had for my decision making, if a choice I made seems to go awry. That’s when I momentarily dwell in the should of, could of, would of’s, but have to remind myself that I made the choice and must deal with the impact/outcome.

  133. Stephanie JNote permalink
    06/08/2018 1:50 pm

    One decision is how you will react to the things that happen in this world. Will you find joy in the moment or will you choose to stress about every detail that has gone wrong? Hard choice to make sometimes.

  134. Jeremy permalink
    07/08/2018 8:31 am

    I always believe and tell myself that once I made a decision, there’s no point regretting it. If I have done my considerations thoroughly, I made that decision with the facts I knew at that time. So, instead of regretting it, I choose to live with it, together with its consequences.

  135. organisedmumlife permalink
    09/08/2018 3:45 pm

    It can be so hard to make decisions sometimes because they can have a huge effect on life. Definitely a good idea for a post.

  136. Jess permalink
    10/08/2018 12:57 pm

    Decision making can be so hard! But I feel like I’m getting more decisive the older I get. And I’m always pushing clients and other people to make a decision and go with it!

  137. Chai permalink
    10/08/2018 2:54 pm

    Life is like always a crossroad. Having a good personal experience helps a lot. I totally agree with this post.

  138. Kim Tanti permalink
    11/08/2018 6:32 am

    Sometimes I struggle with decisions. Not wanting to hurt people. But since beating cancer I have made the decision to keep negative family members out of my life. They can cause so much damage to you before you even realize what is going on.

  139. Kim Tanti permalink
    11/08/2018 6:36 am

    My children are all readers. My youngest is 16 and could not wait to get to the library for summer holidays to get a series of books. I started with them very young. It was a reward they would earn to be able to be able to stay up 1/2 hr. more to read. Children love rewards in any form. LOL

  140. Ranelle permalink
    11/08/2018 4:16 pm

    Making decisions can be so hard, i often let my emotions and pride get the better of me; something i have been working on remedying. However where is the line between prideful and pushover

  141. fashionandstylepolice permalink
    12/08/2018 3:23 am

    Another great post. We make decisions every day and our lives are a product of our decisions. We all need to take responsibility for them.

  142. Jeannine D. permalink
    17/08/2018 6:54 am

    The decisions I’ve made today is choosing to make memorable memories each day with my family. I am really motivated always on your positive messages.

  143. Indu permalink
    18/08/2018 11:59 am

    Decisions bring certain outcome. One right decision can make life while one wrong decision can mar life.

  144. Ramona Cruz-Peters permalink
    19/08/2018 5:27 am

    These moral dilemmas are so tough! I think I would leave the robber alone, but I’m more torn on the friend who’s getting married.

  145. Sreekar Harinatha permalink
    19/08/2018 10:44 pm

    You are right. Our decisions shape our world around us. They also affect everyone around us too! Some need more effort in taking them than others!

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