By: Will Wiebe BA MS CPC in Decision making, 3 years ago






Next time you have to make a decision, be sure to breathe in and out first.

-Thich Nhat Hanh


It is clear, throughout our lives personally and professionally and in our day to day, we are always in process of decision making, given a situation, event or have something to discern.

Various internet sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day (in contrast a child makes about 3,000).   This number may sound absurd, but in fact, we make 226.7 decisions each day on just food alone according to researchers at Cornell University (Wansink and Sobal, 2007).

So, as the level of responsibility increases, so does the amount of choices individuals are faced with.

Life is a series of decisions.  Some are harder than others.  At times we can feel overwhelmed by the choices.  What is the cost of a wrong decision?  What are the benefits of the right decision?  What is the cost of not making a decision?  What can I expect if I don’t make a decision?  What can I expect when I make the right decision?


Individuals have been given a free-will and a multitude of choices in their work/life about:

  • what to eat
  • what to wear
  • what to purchase
  • what we believe
  • what jobs and career choices we will pursue
  • how we vote
  • who to spend our time with
  • who we will date and marry
  • what we say and how we say it
  • whether or not we would like to have children
  • what we will name our children
  • where do we go on vacation or holiday
  • who our children spend their time with
  • what they will eat
  • the list goes on… 

Each choice carries certain consequences – positive and negative. This ability to choose is an incredible and exciting power we all have.

Choices compound – we see this most evidently in the choices we make with our spending and the way those choices collectively impact the balance sheet.

These accumulated choices all work together over a lifetime to take us to various outcomes.  Individual choices that concern only ourselves – such as what to eat for lunch – will seemingly only impact us personally, as they pertain to the time they require, the cost, the impact to our taste buds, energy level and health, etc.

However, a leader’s decisions always interact with others choices and actions.  These leadership decisions create a ripple effect for spouses, families, teams, business units, organizations, communities, states, nations and even the world-at-large.

Decision-strategies, styles and inclinations direct your choices:

  • Impulsiveness – Leverage the first option you are given and be done with it
  • Compliance – Going with the most pleasing and popular option as it pertains to those impacted
  • Delegating – Pushing decisions off to capable and trusted others
  • Avoidance/Deflection – Either ignoring as many decisions as possible in an effort to avoid responsibility for their impact or just simply to prevent them from overwhelming you
  • Balancing – Weighing the factors involved and then using them to render the best decision in the moment
  • Prioritizing & Reflecting – Putting the most energy, thought and effort into those decisions that will have the greatest positive impact…and maximizing the time you have in which to make those decisions by consulting with others, considering the context, etc.

In all likelihood, we probably employ a combination of several of these life decision-strategies in a situational manner in order to deal with the sheer volume of decisions we face.  However, our approach to decision-making is the first critical choice we have.

Life is a series of decisions.  Some are harder than others. Which means that all most always we have a situation, an event or something to discern.  The following are a few key reflection questions that often enter our discernment and at times we can feel overwhelmed by the choices.

  • What is the cost of a wrong decision?
  • What are the benefits of the right decision?
  • What is the cost of not making a decision?
  • What can I expect if I don’t make a decision?
  • What can I expect when I make the right decision?

To help and guide you through these questions and choices, a very special decision making and discernment course has been created that will provide training in development of your skills in discernment and integration of a powerful and wholistic decision-making process.

This “No Regrets Decision Making” integration is a return on your investment (ROI).  Which means you will be able to express your deep aspirations and certitudes of being more aware and aligned with your conscience and your whole person (Emotionally, Mentally, Physically, and your Deep Self – Your Being), which will guide you in making good decisions for the rest of your life.

I invite you to contact me to explore, learn and strengthen your discernment and decision making into a powerful skill-based tool.

For more information that provides you a course description and fee, please click on the link

I look forward to coaching and guiding you in a decision making journey that will create positive and impactful change in your professional and personal human development.

I can also be contacted by reaching out to me:

Will Wiebe, MA, PCC

Executive Leadership Development Coach + Life Strategist + Organizational/Leadership Development


[email protected]     

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