You make choices every day of your life. There is no such thing as a good or bad decision. There are simply decisions that are either effective or ineffective. They either move you towards or move you away from your principle targets.

The most important influence is how you came to make your choice.

What defines an ineffective decision is not a resulting failure, it is the failure to recognize the effect of one’s own actions.

Say you have a weight challenge and dinner time rolls around. You decide a delicious deluxe cheeseburger is too appetizing to pass up.

Is this an ineffective decision? Not necessarily.

The fact of the matter is that people neglect the extra calories taken in from the cheeseburger. If you’re hungry, on the go, or truly crave that cheeseburger, go ahead, eat it! However, keeping the consequence (i.e. the calorie count) in mind will lessen those trips to McDonalds.

So often people walk around with blinders on. They make their decisions neglecting possible outcomes. They have a constant disregard for the effects of their decisions, on their lives and the lives of those around them. They are then left with a lifetime of ineffective decisions that lead them down a path that they had never intended. They blame the world instead of taking charge of it.

Perhaps you fall into this category. Perhaps you neglect the power you have over your own destiny. Now, there’s no need to sit down and make a pros and cons list of every single option. Simply take off your blinders and begin to make your own conscious decisions.

Since the root of most mistakes lie in senseless decisions, you will find yourself making fewer and fewer mistakes once you begin making your choices consciously.

The ineffective decisions are the ones you don’t make or the ones you make negligently.

So often people find themselves in undesirable situations and neglect how they got their in the first place. They look for scapegoat after scapegoat until they eventually realize that they are the reason that they are where they are.

When you take charge of the world around you, take charge of the decisions you make, take charge of the product of your decisions, you’ll find that life is all about the choices you make. It is the decisions made by you, and you alone, which predict your present and your future.