How Decisions Impact Our Experience

We do things, but how much do they effect what we experience?

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I’m sure there’s moments in each one of our lives that have dramatically changed our life course. I mean, after all, we make choices, and we learn from those choices. The accumulation of all these choices has more or less directed you to the point you’re at now.

As moments of decision making compile up, a bigger, more complex picture emerges. Say you decided to get up and get water, but as a result you lost sleep (because you had trouble falling back asleep after getting up). When you wake up, you feel tired- now you have another choice. Should you go back to bed? Or should you stay up? Going back to bed might cause you to get off schedule. Staying up could result in mistakes made due to lack of sleep. You must decide again, and as such, your decision guides your happenings. With this in mind, it would seem that every single decision we make, small or large, plays a part in the large picture of our life. It could be anything from drinking water to moving countries, or anything in between. It all plays a role.

For example, if you wake up thirsty in the middle of the night you have the choice of either staying in bed and going back to sleep, or getting out of bed and getting a glass of water. Either way, you must make a choice, both of which have unique consequences. If you decide to go back to bed, you possibly could get more sleep, however you will most likely wake up even thirstier. On the other hand, if you get up to drink a glass of water, your thirst will be quenched, but it’s possible you might have trouble falling back to sleep. This is just one small example of something that has been constantly happening your entire life- decision making and things that happen because of those decisions.

The inherent cycle of decision making and guidance is one that adds complexity to life, and one that everyone experiences. As time moves forwards, history is written- not only in books, but every individual as well.

A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.

Tony Robbins

2 thoughts on “How Decisions Impact Our Experience

  1. Mackenzy O'Grady Reply

    Learning from my mistakes has always been the biggest life lesson I have been able to learn at this point.

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