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Sip On This - Choices VS Decisions

Updated: Sep 10, 2023


Have you ever made a decision only to find out it was only a choice? I know, at first glance, the terms seem interchangeable, but once you take a closer look you will see that there are significant differences between the two.

A choice is the act of selecting between two or more options. It's the ability to consider several possibilities and choose the one that best fits your current situation. For example, if you're deciding what to eat for dinner, you may have the choice of pizza, pasta, or salad. You weigh the pros and cons of each option, consult your taste buds and make a choice based on your preference.

On the other hand, a decision is a more deliberate action. It what’s Tony Robbins refers to as getting on the island and then burning all the boats once you land; there is no changing your mind. A decision involves careful consideration of the available options and potential consequences. Much thought and analysis should be involved because you are making a commitment to take only one course of action. For example, if you're deciding whether to pursue a new career or goal, you would need to weigh the benefits and drawbacks, gather information about the field, and consider how it would affect your future.

One way to differentiate between choices and decisions is to consider their level of significance. Choices are often minor decisions that have little long-term impact on our lives, while decisions tend to be more significant and can have long-lasting consequences.

Another difference between choices and decisions is the level of control we have over the outcome. With a choice, we have more control over the result because we're selecting from a set of options. You may decide to create a business, the choice about which market to pursue is yours.

Every day, we engage in the act of making choices, but making decisions is not as frequent. Have you ever found yourself turning a decision into a choice? I know I have, especially when it came to making healthier food choices, I would decide on Sunday to eat healthier and by Tuesday it became a choice because I found myself making unhealthy choices at Burger King. See how choices are often made based on personal preferences and immediate needs, while decisions require more careful consideration and a well-thought-out plan. Had I made a meal plan right after I made the decision to decision to eat healthier, I may not even have had to stop at Burger King. Or, if I had actually “burned all the boats” when I committed to eating healthier I could have had a salad instead. By understanding these differences, we can make more informed and deliberate choices and decisions in our daily lives.


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