Choose vs Decide

This week while listening to a podcast, the presenter asked if you’re making a choice or a decision. This intrigued me, especially since he didn’t offer much else in support of his question to the audience. This, of course, led me to ask what is the difference? Isn’t a decision a choice? Isn’t a choice a decision? Ah, the complexity of it all. So, off to the online dictionary I went and here’s what I found:

Choice – The act of choosing; selection. The power, right, or liberty to choose; option. One that is chosen. A number or variety from which to choose: a wide choice of styles and colors. The best or most preferable part. Care in choosing. An alternative.

Decision – To cut off; to separate. To bring to a termination, as a question, controversy, struggle, by giving the victory to one side or party; to render judgment concerning; to determine; to settle.

Having read this, the difference was clear for me. One comes from a position of power, the other appears to be coming from a place of fear. I say “appears” because I’m certain there’s an appropriate time to “terminate, cut off” something, when it’s coming from a place of confidence and certainty. So when you’re faced with options, think about this difference, dig deep inside and ask yourself “Is this a Choice or a Decision?”.

Make a choice to live your dream!


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