There are too many examples of friends, family members and strangers making choices which inevitably change the direction of their lives in an amazing ways.

It always starts with a decision. To decide, means to cut off all other options. As we all know, when we are pinned in a corner we tend to get ourselves out of it by making a choice and running with it. At the moment, it doesn’t matter whether it’s the “right” choice. It’s a choice. And then we move forward by putting forth much effort to change our current situation.

Often times we want to make changes in our lives, but we don’t commit to make a decision in order to do what is necessary to see bring those changes to fruition.

A few years back a close friend of mine called me and asked me if I wanted to run a half marathon with him. He was training for an upcoming marathon and thought this race would be a good way to do that. I knew myself well enough that if I made the decision, I would back that up with whatever work needed to be done in order to follow through. I blurted out as quickly as I could, “Yes!” Then I told him I would need his help in putting together a training schedule to reach my goal. He was happy to oblige.

It first came with a decision. “I’m in.” In other words, I’m committed. It didn’t matter what was to follow. Running 3, 5 or 7 days a week. I made a decision and I didn’t back out.

Decisions can be so powerful when you choose strong ones. They don’t have to be huge and life-changing. You only need to commit to it and never waiver. Sounds easier than it is, but it’s life-changing.

One small decision at a time.