“People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be” - Harvey Mackay
In psychology, decision-making is regarded as the reasoning process resulting in the selection of a belief or a course of action among several possible alternative options. Some choices are simple and seemingly straightforward, while others are complex. Most theories of decision-making assume that we always choose the best option available, based on a set of stable preferences. What if we have 2 equally desirable choices? To be or not to be, to do or not to do?
According to research by the University of Melbourne (Journal of Neuroscience, 2019), hard decisions between equally valued alternatives can shape future decisions. This means that if to exercise or not to exercise are both of equal preference, and when a final decision is made (after seriously considering the two options) to exercise, the brain hard-wires the decision to aid future decision making.
Decision-making is in the locus of your control. You have the power to break patterns of behavior simply by making better decisions. You can change your mind and your actions at any time. Even when you're stuck in a cycle of rut-like thinking and behavior, a change of attitude and decision-making can turn your life around.