The transformative nature of decision

Image: Austin Neill

Thoughts only matter to a certain point. Your thoughts can (and likely will) be all over the place about any one thing.

It only matters what you decide.

A recovering gambling addict can be walking through a casino with a million thoughts firing through her synapses telling her to stop at the table and play. But none of them matter. Her future only hinges on what she decides to do.

She can be a slave to those thoughts. Or, she can decide to walk past the tables, out the door, and onto the viewing deck to check out the view of the sun setting on Lake Tahoe instead.

This is where her power lies.

It doesn’t matter what you think, only what you decide.

When you harness the power of decision rather than being ruled by it, your life changes instantly.

When a certain habitual pattern is set, sure, it’s nice to think better thoughts. If you’re into thinking stressful thoughts, it helps to consciously steer those thoughts in a more positive direction. But decision is what lays down new tracks in your thought patterns.

Decision-power is like a muscle. The more decisions you make, the stronger it grows. Yes, at first, it hurts. Hell, it hurts even thinking about it. But soon, you’ll be moving more weight and enjoying the challenge.

Here’s an important distinction:

Action is what turns a thought into a decision.

Decisions are thoughts on steroids. They lead to action and overrule every thought that came before them, no matter how negative or limiting.

Don’t just think more positive thoughts, decide to do more positive things.

Get your body involved. Get your wallet involved. Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in the drive through. Tell that teenage checker at the grocery store that you’re moved by how she does her job with a smile and a glimmer in her eye.

Faith involves your feet. Not just your mind.

Decisions are what mold your future. Not thoughts. Not conditions… Decisions.

Do you even know how much power this gives you?

Well.. Now you do.

What’ll you decide?


Jonas Ellison is a spiritual writer, teacher, practitioner, and an interfaith minister-in-training. He helps people deepen their lives through applied spirituality while documenting his journey along the way.

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