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When Making a Major Decision...

Published on 12/12/2016
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We make decisions every day, good and bad. But are they true decisions?

Over 3 years ago, I made the decision that I am going to change my life. From that day on, I began to seek out the knowledge and skills that I needed to do this! I joined several opportunities. I failed and failed again. And I learned some things. And I will continue to learn!

Below are 4 questions that I have learned to ask myself when making a major decision. Ask yourself:

1. DO I WANT TO be, do or have this?

2. Will being, doing or having this MOVE ME IN THE DIRECTION OF

3. Is being, doing or having this IN HARMONY WITH GOD’S LAWS

4. Will being, doing or having this VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF

If the answer to the first three questions is YES, and the answer to the last question is NO, make the decision and take action!


I believe that if people would actually stop and think, and I mean really think, about the decisions they make for their lives the world around them would appear to be a more pleasurable experience! 


Below is a quote from Dr. Carole N. Hildebrand that I have found to be very helpful in making my own decisions.

"There is a corollary element that must go hand in hand with the decision...and that is commitment. IT MUST BE A COMMITTED DECISION. Most of us have weak decision-making muscles...we do not even recognize what it means to make a real decision. We fail to realize the force of change, a truly congruent, committed decision makes. Part of our problem is that we use the term decision so loosely that it has come to describe our wishes, not our commitments. Instead of making decisions, we state our preferences. The word decision comes from the Latin roots, de, meaning from and caedere, meaning to cut...therefore a decision means cutting from any other possibility. A TRUE DECISION, then, means you are committed to achieving a result, and then cutting yourself off from any other possibility.

Committed decisions show up in two places--your calendar and your checkbook. No matter what you say you value, or even think your priorities are, you have only to look at last year's calendar and checkbook to see the decisions you have made about what you truly value. For example, I am committed to growth, both professionally and personally. A review of my calendar always shows multiple continuing education courses, seminars, and workshops in both the personal growth area, as well as in my profession. My checkbook is filled with tuition disbursements, purchases of books and videos. Bottom line...see how you have reserved your time...look at your expenditures...those are the road maps to the decisions you have made in the past.

After making a true decision, especially the tough ones, we usually feel a tremendous burden has been lifted from our shoulders."


The responsibility of making the decision to change your life is yours alone. Once you make the decision, it is also your responsibility to take the necessary actions to fulfill that decision. If you are not committed to your decisions, you will not move forward.

The decision I made over 3 years ago to change my life is still alive and well inside me today. I work on it everyday. And everyday I move closer to that which I desire. I have noticed changes in myself and so have others.

Most people that I know don’t understand why I am doing what I do. Trying to explain my reasoning to a closed mind is sometimes frustrating. Finding an open and receptive mind is priceless!

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