Choice and Dicision Making

Every day people all over the world share a several universal experiences, and the most common one of these is choices. Life is made up of choices.

Choice can be defined as an act of choosing between two or more possibilities. Choice involves decision making.

Decision making is the action or process of making important decisions. It is the process of selecting a logical choice from the available options. There are over one hundred Bible Verses about choices and decisions (Matthew 7:13-14, Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 19:21, Proverbs 16:9, Galatians 6:7-8, Proverbs 3:1-35, Joshua 24:15), etc.

According to Edwin Markham “Choices are the hinges of destiny.” This assertains that our destiny is tied or bonded to the choices that we make. Most times, we are confronted with difficult choices which tend to make our decision cloudy. The choices usually consist of a multitude of possibilities and, whether real or imagined, we must understand that in some way the decision will change our life forever. Therein lies the problem or matter of contention. This is because there are so many factors involved with our decision-making and with its unknown result, many of us hesitate to even make a choice, thinking it would be safer and that we’d be better off where we are instead of delving into the unknown. When making a choice, one must be aware of how their choice will affect the future ramifications of their lives. Of course there are different types of choices; some are easy to make, while others are more difficult. For instance, an inconsequential choice is easy, such as if I should buy that new phone. But other choices that will affect other people’s lives are more difficult. This is because, the choices regarding life decisions such as career, marriage or relationship, etc. are very difficult due to the fact that in many of those cases, the response to that choice will be longstanding.
Dr. Kathleen Hall contributes that;
In everything you do you are choosing a direction.
Your life is a product of choices.
This means that choices play a vital role in our day-to-day activities. For example choosing to be punctual or late to work is a choice, in which one has a bad effect and if not managed can result to consequences such as sanction or possible eviction from place of work. Sometimes, we find it very difficult to make decisions when the options are hard or when been misled. Hard choices didn’t just start today; it began with the first man and woman in the garden of Eden. One funny and realistic thing about decision is that the wrong choice or option always seem right but the end product is usually regretful yet we must encounter choices such as to be or not to be, success or failure, be happy or remain a sadist, be polite or rude, etc. and make a decision.
To support this Graham Brown states that;
Life is all about choices.
Some we regret, some we’re proud of.
Some will haunt us forever.
The message: We are what we choose to be.

The above means that choices is part of us in our everyday life just like the air we breathe. Nonetheless, there are things that we can consider before making a decision such as-
1. What is important and valuable to you? What you value may not be of much importance or use to someone else. So know what you value most.
2. Have a vision. Many people tend to make choices based on life as it appears right now instead of looking to the future. Does your choice and its ramifications stay within the goals that you have set for yourself for the future?
3. Don’t be in a rush. Have you looked at all the options and considered different scenarios? Sometimes you just might consider a different outcome.
4. What is the positive effect of your decision? How important is this decision, and are you willing to work on it? Don’t get caught up with how important a choice is, but — better yet — what a positive impact this has on your life and other people around you. Know that the choices you make can affect the people around you just like the choices of our first parents (Adam and Eve) affects the world but thanks to Jesus Christ who came and changed it all.
5. Don’t forget to always involve God in times when you are faced with hard choice and difficult decisions to make. This should be the first to be considered when making decisions.
One must always make a choice that is the best for their “highest good.” Always remember and bear in mind that life is a series of choices, and most choices are based on two things: love or fear. Both can masquerade in different ways along your path, but love what you do and do what you love. Make the choices in your life that will make your soul sing, and sustain a happy life.
Food for thought: Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you made. If you want different results start making different choices. Every morning you have two choices: Continue to sleep with dreams or Wake up and chase your dreams. The choice is yours…….
Onajite Edward