It’s impossible to count the number of decisions we make each day—estimates range from 600 to 35,000. We constantly sort and analyze matters as simple as selecting a pair of socks for the day or as complicated as deciding whether to take that new job and move to Phoenix.
We select what kind of car to purchase, what college to attend, what neighborhood to live in or whether to buy the blue suit or the gray one. We determine whom to marry, what kind of entertainment to enjoy and what to have for lunch.
In fact, we make the vast majority of our selections while we’re on autopilot—as a matter of habit or superficial awareness.
We base our serious and careful decisions on knowledge and wisdom we gain through experience, education or personal advice. But there is an underlying determination that is much more fundamental—one that establishes a firm foundation that leads to sensible choices in everything we do. And, as important as it is, it isn’t based on knowledge or wisdom that we can acquire on our own.
The most important life choice we can make is to choose life. In other words, to decide on core beliefs that will shape our character and define our purpose—the standards and values that determine how we live from day to day, what we believe, where we will be at the end of our life and, most importantly, what will happen after that.