100 Decision Quotes That Remind Us How Much Power We Really Have

Our latest collection of decision quotes to help you make the right choices.

The reason that decisions have so much power is because they are OURS.

Many people feel helpless and angry because they believe that decisions are out of their hands.

The fact of the matter is that almost all decisions are in our hands.

While it might seem like someone such as a boss, or a partner, or a friend, are the ones making the choice, our acceptance or reaction to that is purely ours.

When we realize that we have this type of control over our fate and our future, we are empowered.

We are emboldened, and we are creative in terms of what it will take to achieve what we are setting out to do.

Below are some wonderful decision quotes and its power that you might find inspiring.

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1. “You have a brain and mind of your own. Use it, and reach your own decisions.” — Napoleon Hill

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2. “Your legacy is being written by yourself. Make the right decisions.” — Gary Vaynerchuk

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3. “You cannot make progress without making decisions.” — Jim Rohn

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4. “The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.”- Maimonides

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5. “A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.” – Dorothea Brande

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6. “Life presents many choices, the choices we make determine our future.” – Catherine Pulsifer

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7. “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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8. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela

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9. “Love is a decision – not an emotion!” ― Lao Tzu

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10. “You and only you are responsible for your life choices and decisions.” — Robert T. Kiyosaki

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11. “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”- Unknown author

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12. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”- Jim Rohn

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13. “When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take, choose the bolder.” – William Joseph Slim

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14. “Why do we have to listen to our hearts? Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you all find your treasure.”- Paulo Coelho

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15. “We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.” – Thomas Merton

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16. “Changing our decision sets up a bad habit. It reinforces decision-making as an expression of bewilderment and ignorance, instead of wisdom and freedom.” – Sakyong Mipham

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17. “To get anywhere, or even to live a long time, a man has to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer.”- Robert Heinlein

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18. “Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.”- Anthony Robbins

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19. “When we find inspiration, we need to take action for ourselves and for our communities. Even if it means making a hard choice, or cutting out something and leaving it in your past.” – Aron Ralston

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20. “In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction. Your life is a product of choices.” – Dr. Kathleen Hall

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21. “And we have complete control over our own attitude. We are the ones we decide how we feel, how we look at things, how we react.” – Catherine Pulsifer

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22. “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” – Buddha

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23. “Each person has a choice; the choice to do as one may wish and as one wants remains with the individual. If a person sees no benefit to change, they will not change.” – Byron Pulsifer

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24. “Did you know that to worry about a situation you are making a conscious choice to do so?” – Mike C. Adams, How To Stop Worrying and Be Happy

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25. “We all need to decide whether to “play it safe” in life and worry about the downside, or instead take a chance, by being who we really are and living the life our heart desires. Which choice are you making?” –  Charlie Badenhop

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26. “And in life, it is all about choices we make. And how the direction of our lives comes down to the choices we choose.” – Catherine Pulsifer

27. “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

28. “You came empty on earth, why overloaded now, were all your choices absolutely correct, it is never too late to reconsider them?” – William Ngwako Maphoto

29. “If you don’t have the information you need to make wise choices, find someone who does.” – Lori Hil, 5 Gifts to Give Yourself

30. “You always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something, or that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself.” – W. Clement Stone

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31. “The choices that we make in our life, indeed determine the kind of results that we experience and the quality of the life that we live.” – Sumeet Jain, Life is a pack of 52 cards

32. “A word uttered from the deepest conviction is better than merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” – Gandhi

33. “The choices we make every minute of every day can contribute to making someone’s life a little bit better or worse even without intending to.” – Chikamso Efobi, Twisted in a Positive Way

34. “Big changes don’t have to be hard, but they do have to start with a choice. This is where real change begins; this is where you start taking control of your life and how you choose to live it; this is where it all starts.” – Nathalie Thompson, Simple Strategies for Stress Relief: How to Reduce Anxiety, Regain Control of Your Life, and Beat Stress the Easy Way

35. “In my experience working with a variety of people over several decades, far too many individuals choose to be anonymous members of the pack, therefore suffering from the inner remorse that makes them feel like failures, filled with conflict and resentment and wondering what the meaning of life is.”- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace

36. “Addicts cannot change the abuse suffered in childhood. They cannot undo the choices they have made or the hurt they have caused. But they can change the future – through the power they have in the present moment.” – Ryan Holiday, Stephen Hanselman, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

37. “Most of the choices we make each day may feel like the products of well-considered decision making, but they’re not. They’re habits. And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time, the meals we order, what we say to our kids each night, whether we save or spend, how often we exercise, and the way we organize our thoughts and work routines have enormous impacts on our health, productivity, financial security, and happiness.” – Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We do in Life and Business

38. “Expanding our capacity to talk, particularly when we face critical choices, is a life-enhancing skill. I believe that there is no faster way for us to evolve than through the process of interacting with one another.” – Sarah Rozenthuler, Life-Changing Conversations: 7 Strategies to Help You Talk About What Matters Most

39. “In this new era, you have two choices: become a temp staffer (not a horrible choice) or become an artist-entrepreneur. Choose to commoditize your labor or choose yourself to be a creator, an innovator, an artist, an investor, a marketer, and an entrepreneur.” – James Altucher, Choose Yourself!

40. “You shape your future every day through the choices you make. That’s sort of a hard one to swallow, isn’t it? It would be much easier to say you are a victim of circumstances. Then you don’t have to act. Your choices create your reality.” – Jason Harvey, Achieve Anything In Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals

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41. “There’s no one path. There’s every path. Every path starts with this one moment. Did you choose yourself for this moment? Can you be bold? Then all paths will lead to the same place. Right now.” – Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter

42. “Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.” – Denis Waitley

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43. “Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course.” – Adrian Cadbury

44. “All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.” – Harry S. Truman

45. “Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.” – Paul Tillich

46. I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude.” – Charles Swindoll

47. “Make decisions from the heart and use your head to make it work out.” – Sir Girad

48. “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

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49. “The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” – David Russell

50. “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

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51. “You are not the victim of the world, but rather the master of your own destiny. It is your choices and decisions that determine your destiny.” ― Roy T. Bennett

52. “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

53. “Sometimes, making the wrong choice is better than making no choice. You have the courage to go forward, that is rare. A person who stands at the fork, unable to pick, will never get anywhere.” ― Terry Goodkind

54. “You might want to decide fast. We live in a dangerous world. If you see a chance to be happy, you have to fight for it, so later you have no regrets.” ― Ilona Andrews

55. “Even if we all want you here, you don’t belong until you decide you do.” ― Stephenie Meyer

56. “Think a hundred times before you take a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man.” ― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

57. “The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.”- Sun Tzu

58. “People will always have opinions about your decision because they’re not courageous enough to take action on their opinion.” ― Steve Maraboli

59. “Every decision you make, makes you. Never let other people choose who you’re going to be.” ― Cassandra Clare

60. “Small good decisions will lead you to the glorious path of success.” ― Zain Hashmi

Thought-provoking decision quotes to reflect on

61. “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

62. “Once a decision is made, you should stop worrying and start working. It’s not always what we know that makes it a good decision. It is what we do to implement and execute it that makes it a good decision.” — John C. Maxwell

63. “Decisions decide destiny, there is no action without decision.” — Tony Robbins

64. “Every decision you make reflects your evaluation of who you are.” — Marianne Williamson

65. “Sir, what is the secret of your success? A reporter asked a bank president.

Two words.

And, sir, what are they?

Good decisions.

And how do you make good decisions?

One word.

And sir, what is that?


And how do you get Experience?

Two words.

And, sir, what are they?

Bad decisions.” – Unknown author
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66. “Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”- Jim Collins

67. “Where you are going to spend your time and your energy is one of the most important decisions you get to make in life.” — Jeff Bezos

68. “Where there is no decision there is no life.”- JJ Dewey

69. “In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.” — Carlos Castaneda

70. “When you face a problem, solve it then and there if you have the facts necessary to make a decision. Don’t keep putting off decisions.” — Dale Carnegie

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71. “Whenever I’m faced with a difficult decision, I ask myself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid of making a mistake, feeling rejected, looking foolish, or being alone?” — Oprah Winfrey

72. “Very often, when you change your perspective, you see things differently, make different decisions, and get different results.” — Brian Tracy

73. “For the little things that are good ripen into big things that are good. And the little things that are bad ripen into big things that are bad. And this applies to decisions.” — W. Clement Stone

74. “In reality, we should all take the time to look at where we are and accept that we are exactly where we are by means of our own decisions.” — Mary White

75. “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.” — George Bernard Shaw

76. “You begin to build a better life by being determined to make good decisions, but that alone is not enough. You need to know what priorities to set for your life.” — John C. Maxwell

77. “Memory is the cornerstone of our existence. It determines the quality of our decisions and, therefore, our entire life!” — Kevin Horsley

78. “The rush of fresh inspiration is a powerful high. So powerful that it can impair your insight and decision making if you focus only on how an idea makes you feel.” — Annabel Melnyk

79. “When we make a decision to turn our attention, thoughts and meditation on the Lord, faith is activated and hope restored.” — Lisa Cook

80. “When I made the decision to do something for myself, to follow a dream, I gave myself permission. It was a baby step, but it was a step in the right direction.” — Willow Cross

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81. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” — Tony Robbins

82. “Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.” — Anthony Robbins

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

84.“All the paths kneel before the decisive minds!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

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

86. “Choices made, whether bad or good, follow you forever and affect everyone in their path one way or another.”  ― J.E.B. Spredemann

87. “Starting to live a life that you control begins with making decisions about goals.” — Yaniv Shlomo

88. “Nothing happens until you decide. Make a decision and watch your life move forward.” — Oprah Winfrey

89. “The cure for most obstacles is – be decisive.” ― George Weinberg

90. “You make your decisions. Your decisions make you.” ― Abiodun Fijabi

Decision Quotes To Help You Consider The Appropriate Decision

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

92. “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

93. “YOU decide what your limits are, and YOU decide your level of success. You are responsible for the time that you spend on this planet.” — Les Brown

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

95. “The most important thing is to make decisions. Whether the decision is right or wrong is secondary. You will soon receive feedback that will help you to progress.” — Marc Reklau

96. “It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.” — Elbert Hubbard

97. “A decision isn’t a life long thing. Sometimes we make the wrong decision, but we can always change it if we realize we’ve made the wrong choice.” — Simon Smith

98. “Accountability for results requires room for personal judgment and decision-making.” — Brian Dive

99. “How you react to situations is your personal choice. It is your decision, and yours alone, to determine the importance you give to any situation.” — Catherine Pulsifer

100. “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

What do you think of these decision quotes?

When we realize the power of decisions, and those of others, we grow to feel greater influence and authority over our own lives.

We learn that if we don’t like a choice, we have the power to change it.

While change might be gradual, we have decided to start moving in another direction.

We have decided not to accept the decisions of others, and make choices that are right for ourselves

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  1. Rinz

    April 14, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Great pieces. Thanks for sharing.

    • Dr. Nikki Martinez

      April 28, 2019 at 4:11 PM

      You are very welcome. Thank you for reading. – Dr. Nikki Martinez

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