Decision Quotes to Inspire You to Take Action

Change your life for the better by using these inspiring decision quotes to motivate yourself to take action. Insightful decision quotes help you find clarity and strength to make the right choices with confidence by offering life lessons.

Best Decision Quotes

When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. Sigmund Freud 

Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful. José N. Harris

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. Napoleon Bonaparte

You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen. Michelle Obama

Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right. Phil McGraw

So, what can’t you take? Decide which of the two options is harder, and do the other. That way, no matter how hard your choice turns out to be, at least you can find comfort in knowing you’re avoiding something even worse. Josephine Angelini

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou 

Trust your instincts, and make judgements on what your heart tells you. The heart will not betray you. David Gemmell

Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision, a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind it. Gordon Graham

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter F. Drucker

Every decision you make reflects your evaluation of who you are. Marianne Williamson 

Perhaps our greatest distinction as a species is our capacity, unique among animals, to make counter-evolutionary choices. Jared Diamond

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Decision making is easy when your values are clear. Roy Disney 

Don’t entrust your future on others’ hands. Rather make decisions by yourself with the help of God’s guidance. Hold your beliefs so tight and never let go of them! Hark Herald Sarmiento

Some of our important choices have a time line. If we delay a decision, the opportunity is gone forever. Sometimes our doubts keep us from making a choice that involves change. Thus an opportunity may be missed. James E. Faust

The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man. Victor Hugo

Life is about choices. Some we regret, some we’re proud of. Some will haunt us forever. The message we are what we chose to be. Graham Brown

Let us not become victims of a crippling reasoning pattern. If we want to improve our decision making and critical thinking, we must recognize our mental biases and be willing to overcome them. Let us avoid creating arguments to confirm pre existing beliefs at all costs and invest in a sunk cost fallacy. Better alight from a car out of control than drive it off the cliff. Erik Pevernagie

We may think that our decisions are guided purely by logic and rationality, but our emotions always play a role in our good decision making process. Salma Stockdale

We should not expect individuals to produce good, open minded, truth seeking reasoning, particularly when self interest or reputational concerns are in play. But if you put individuals together in the right way, such that some individuals can use their reasoning powers to disconfirm the claims of others, and all individuals feel some common bond or shared fate that allows them to interact civilly, you can create a group that ends up producing good reasoning as an emergent property of the social system. This is why it’s so important to have intellectual and ideological diversity within any group or institution whose goal is to find truth such as an intelligence agency or a community of scientists or to produce good public policy such as a legislature or advisory board. Jonathan Haidt

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Truly successful decision making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking. Malcolm Gladwell

On an important decision one rarely has 100% of the information needed for a good decision no matter how much one spends or how long one waits. And, if one waits too long, he has a different problem and has to start all over. This is the terrible dilemma of the hesitant decision maker. Robert K. Greenleaf

You and I need to be the decision makers in our own lives and careers. It is also our responsibility to allow and encourage others to do the same. Jay Rifenbary 

At that moment, in the sunset on Watership Down, there was offered to General Woundwort the opportunity to show whether he was really the leader of vision and genius which he believed himself to be, or whether he was no more than a tyrant with the courage and cunning of a pirate. For one beat of his pulse the lame rabbit’s idea shone clearly before him. He grasped it and realized what it meant. The next, he had pushed it away from him. Richard Adams

The quality of your life is built on the quality of your decisions. Wesam Fawzi 

It’s not about making the right choice. It’s about making a choice and making it right. J.R. Rim

Visionary decision making happens at the intersection of intuition and logic. Paul O’Brien 

Majority decisions tend to be made without engaging the systematic thought and critical thinking skills of the individuals in the group. Given the force of the group’s normative power to shape the opinions of the followers who conform without thinking things through, they are often taken at face value. The persistent minority forces the others to process the relevant information more mindfully. Research shows that the deciscions of a group as a whole are more thoughtful and creative when there is minority dissent than when it is absent. Philip G. Zimbardo

powerful decision quotes

We are our decisions. Prof. Salam Al Shereida

If you care about what people think about you, you will end up being their slave. Reject and pull your own rope. Auliq Ice

Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free. Paul Tillich 

So. Tell me. What do you think? Which is better? To take action and perhaps make a fatal mistake or to take no action and die slowly anyway? Ahdaf Soueif

Decision making is the specific executive task. Peter Drucker

Who can really say how decisions are made, how emotions change, how ideas arise? We talk about inspiration; about a bolt of lightnng from a clear sky, but perhaps everything is just as simple and just as infinitely complex as the processes that make a particular leaf fall at a particularmoment. That point has been reached, that’s all. It has to happen, and it does happen. John Ajvide Lindqvist

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. Nelson Mandela

In the space between yes and no, there is a lifetime. It’s the difference between the path you walk and one you leave behind; it’s the gap between who you thought you could be and who you really are; it’s the legroom for the lies you will tell yourself in the future. Jodi Picoult

profound decision quotes

All of us start from zero. We take the right decision and become a hero. Govinda 

The best people are always the worst. They drive everyone mad by being so good at second guessing everything bad. Criss Jami

Sometimes in life, you have to make a selfish decision and do what’s best for you. Saquon Barkley 

In leadership, life and all things it’s far wiser to judge people by their deeds than their speech their track record rather than their talk. Rasheed Ogunlaru

You cannot make progress without making decisions. Jim Rohn 

Accepting trial and error means accepting error. It means taking problems in our stride when a decision doesn’t work out, whether through luck or misjudgment. And that is not something human brains seem to be able to do without a struggle. Tim Harford

There’s no wrong time to make the right decision. Dalton McGuinty 

When a man showed up you didn’t want to look at his face and he didn’t want to look at his face and he didn’t want to look at yours, because it’s painful to see somebody so clear that it’s like looking inside him, but then neither did you want to to look away and lose him completely. You had a choice you could either strain and look at things that appeared in front of you in the fog, painful as it may be, or you could relax and lose yourself. Ken Kesey

uplifting decision quotes

Every decision brings with it some good, some bad, some lessons, and some luck. The only thing that’s for sure is that indecision steals many years from many people who wind up wishing they’d just had the courage to leap. Doe Zantamata

Your choices are made in a moment, and yet their consequences transcend a lifetime. MJ DeMarco

Life is filled with difficult decisions, and winners are those who make them. Dan Brown 

Urgency and despair don’t get along well. N.K. Jemisin

Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course. Adrian Cadbury 

Your legacy is being written by yourself. Make the right decisions. Gary Vaynerchuk 

Access to information can be empowering. When it overwhelms us, constantly bombarding us with data, infobesity eventually estranges us from ourselves and holds us back from proper decision making. Obsessively waiting for the latest records creates fragmented minds, hinders us from deep thinking or exercising sensible choices, and makes us float on the wishy washy waves of superficiality. Erik Pevernagie

Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever. Keri Russell 

wise decision quotes

The less I understood of this farrago, the less I was in a position to judge of its importance. Robert Louis Stevenson

Not making a decision means forgoing an opportunity. Auliq Ice

The elegance under pressure is the result of fearlessness. Ashish Patel

Decision making is power. Most people don’t have the guts to make tough decision because they want to make the right decision and so they make no decision. Remember, live is short, so do things that matter the most and have the courage to make tough decision and to chase your dreams. Yama Mubtakeraker

She has gone back to Brooklyn, her mother would say. And, as the train rolled past Macmire Bridge on its way towards Wexford, Eilis imagined the years already when these words would come to mean less and less to the man who heard them and would come to mean more and more to herself. She almost smiled at the thought of it, then closed her eyes and tried to imagine nothing more. Colm Toibín

You are only one decision from a totally different life. Wilfred A. Peterson

Your statistical track record for decision making is somewhat concerning. Jennifer Lynn Barnes

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. Plato 

To be careless in making decisions is to naively believe that a single decision impacts nothing more than that single decision, for a single decision can spawn a thousand others that were entirely unnecessary or it can bring peace to a thousand places we never knew existed. Craig D. Lounsbrough

There are times when delaying a decision has benefit. Often, allowing a set period of time to mull something over so your brain can work it through generates a thoughtful and effective decision. Nancy Morris 

best decision quotes

You will hardly find wrong people at right places. Choose to be at the right places and you will find the right people who will inspire you to make it happen! Israelmore Ayivor

The best decisions aren’t made with your mind, but with your Instinct. Lionel Messi 

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

The decision is your own voice, an opinion is the echo of someone else’s voice. Amit Kalantri

A decision made from fear is always the wrong decision. Tony Robbins 

When kids made a decision for themselves they have a vested interest in showing they were right. Lee wanted to prove to me that he had made the right choice so he worked hard and did well. If we’d forced him to go to college somewhere else all the incentives would’ve been different. Then he would have had a motive to prove that we were wrong. Cokie Roberts Steve Roberts

A decision clouded with doubt is never a good decision. Steven Aitchison

You wish you could’ve learned to play piano. You wish you could’ve started drawing when you were young. You wish you could’ve figured out who you wanted to be before you graduated college. You wish you could’ve learned to love yourself sooner. Well you know what? You didn’t. And that’s just something you’re going to have to learn to deal with. But just because you didn’t do it sooner, doesn’t mean you can’t start now. Daren Colbert

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It is often said that a wrong decision taken at the right time is better than a right decision taken at the wrong time. Pearl Zhu

Decision making and problem solving are not the same. To solve a problem, one needs to find a solution. To make a decision, one needs to make a choice. Michael J. Marx

The art of decision making includes the art of questioning. Pearl Zhu 

If thinking should precede acting, then acting must succeed thinking. Amit Kalantri

When faced with a decision, choose the path that feeds your soul. Dorothy Mendoza Row 

Everything in us presses toward decision, even toward the wrong decision, just to be free of the anxiety that precedes any big step in life. May Sarton

Be open about your thoughts, ideas, and desires and you will be right with your decisions. Auliq Ice 

Oversimplifying is the first grave mistake we make when confronted by complexity; overconfidence is the second. And there is a third based on our overconfidence in our oversimplified conclusions, we overreact. Ted Cadsby

Never make a decision when you are upset, sad, jealous or in love. Mario Teguh 

It’s very simple; just look at your life to see where you’re heading. You’re always in a momentum of something. Maria Erving

Think 100 times before you take a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man. Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Whenever you’re making an important decision, first ask if it gets you closer to your goals or farther away. If the answer is closer, pull the trigger. If it’s farther away, make a different choice. Conscious choice making is a critical step in making your dreams a reality. Jillian Michaels 

deep decision quotes

The goal shouldn’t be to make the perfect decision every time but to make less bad decisions than everyone else. Spencer Fraseur

Always make decisions that prioritize your inner peace. Izey Victoria Odiase

Decision making is an art only until the person understands the science. Pearl Zhu

We need to maintain an awareness of our awareness, of what we are paying attention to, in order to discriminate between higher and lower forms of love. Paul O’Brien

Don’t mourn over your bad decisions. Just start overcoming them with good ones. Joyce Meyer 

Sometimes, you may take a step backwards only to realize that a step forward could have been the best choice. Sometimes, you may take a step forward only to notice that a step backwards could have been better; and sometimes, you may only come to a later understanding that stepping aside could have been a great choice, but in all, before you take a step, ponder! The footprint of whatever step is what matter and it must be distinctive Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision. Colin Powell 

Just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should. Hanya Yanagihara

If you have a decision to make, list down the pain points of doing it and the pleasures of doing it. Romuald Andrade

Techistentialism studies the nature of human beings, existence, and decision making in our technological world. Roger Spitz

Great decision making comes from the ability to create the time and space to think rationally and intelligently about the issue at hand. Graham Allcot

famous decision quotes

What changes a life is not simply learning more, though education is important. What changes a life is making decisions the best decisions you can make and acting on them. Steve Goodier

The only way to make the right decision is to find out which is the wrong decision, to examine that other path without fear, and only then decide. Paulo Coelho

Relevance is both an antidote to avoid and a method for driving disruption. Roger Spitz

Poor decision making I think, is the number one cause for most of our mistakes. So to make fewer mistakes means to make better decisions, and to make better decisions you must train yourself to think more clearly. Rashard Royster

Maintaining relevance requires constant redefinition, reframing, ideating, prototyping, and testing of our choices. Roger Spitz

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. Thomas Sowell 

Having options is a divine thing, but making decisions is up to you. Brother Pedro

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. Tony Robbins

A very common way we lie to ourselves is to believe that we already know everything we need to know. Janice Fraser

Poor decision making will almost always lead to less than desirable outcomes. Matt Fox

Decisions are like plants they are only as good as the soil that they stem from. DJ Bwakali

When possible make the decisions now, even if action is in the future. A revised decision usually is better than one reached at the last moment. William B. Given

Streamlining decision making is not about sacrificing quality for speed, but rather finding a balance between thoughtful analysis and timely action to drive progress and success. Felecia Etienne

Choices are the hinges of destiny. Pythagoras 

The most helpful thing I learnt from chess is to make good decisions on incomplete data in a limited amount of time. Magnus Carlsen

Life is a chess match. Every decision that you make has a consequence to it. P.K. Subban 

If you do not have the courage to make tough decisions, you will never be a true leader. Sri Amit Ray

Life presents many choices, the choices we make determine our future. Catherine Pulsifer

It seems the father of the unconscious agreed When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature. Malcolm Gladwell

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

I have a feeling the difference between success and and catastrophe rides on my ability to guess the right one. Shannon Messenger

The future is fluid. Each act, each decision, and each development creates new possibilities and eliminates others. The future is ours to direct. Jacque Fresco

Most advice is sought after one has already decided on something so to provide real, genuine advice you run the risk of being an alarmist, intrusive, and or rude. Cic Mellace

Our lives will depend upon the decisions which we make, for decisions determine destiny. Thomas S. Monson

Evidence is the weakest link in the decision making chain. Alex Jadad

Your biography is not your destiny, your decisions are. Tony Robbins 

Importance calls for urgency while necessity demands consideration for the severity of consequences. The mission will always act as a compass to guide the process of decision making. Dr. Lucas D. Shallua

Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision. Tony Robbins 

Firm decisions are another name of challenges. Sonal Takalkar

Success or failure depend on the decisions you make and the path you choose. You are responsible for your future. Remez Sasson

If there is more than one way of doing things, what’s the best way? How do we decide? Sukant Ratnakar

Your life is the summation of your decisions. Optimize your decision making to transform your life. Rosanna Prestia

Make decisions with the long term in mind. If you were truly the owner of your company and the success or failure of your business hinged on the performance of your team, you would dedicate yourself to constant improvement. David Miller

When the loss of a mother results in family chaos or feelings of abandonment, even the risk of subsequent loss can cause anxiety in the child and inspire behaviors designed to preserve the status quo. As the child matures, this anxiety may extend to concerns beyond and unrelated to the original loss, turning her into an adult who has difficulty making decisions out of fear of catastrophic results. Taking chances may feel too risky to her, and instead she seeks safety through controlling whatever aspects of her life she can. Hope Edelman

Business today is about making decisions amid ambiguity. Geraldine Laybourne 

A leader must focus on critical decisions that drive disproportionate value. Proportionate value needs no leader or strategy. Krishna Sagar Rao

The worst business decision you can make is no decision. The needs are not going to go away. Waiting is what’s gotten us in the situation we’re in now. John Peace 

This world is not for the weak. If you’re not strong enough to endure the darkness and blood that awaits, you will crumble bit by bit. You must decide if this world is worth sacrificing everything for. Imania Margria

Great leaders don’t lead others with bitterness or resentfulness of past mistakes, they lead with hope and knowledge of the past to inform greater decision making in the future. Spencer Fraseur

We are making a decision in every moment, which defines the moment after. And in some way, each question is a micro decision. Each assessment and reading of the now is the best input we have for what we do next. Carlo Mahfouz