The Decisions We Make: How Our Decisions Produce Success in Our Lives
by Travis Towns
Amazon Digital Services LLC

"Everything that happens to us in life is a direct result of a decision we have made."

This book examines some important points regarding decisions and decision-making. The author begins by defining a decision as a choice made after thinking about it. The thinking process required to make any decision will be influenced by our beliefs and priorities. Priorities need to be considered at all times; merely depending on what happens will lead to our being controlled by our environment instead of controlling it. Though the author speaks from a religious viewpoint, he makes it clear that beliefs are not necessarily religious; belief in oneself is necessary, enabling the individual to confidently use one’s talents for successful outcomes. Decisions can’t be made in a vacuum; they will affect other people. And though the author advises against letting others influence our decisions, he urges those in leadership positions to act with others in mind: “you have to line up with what you’re teaching others.” In addition, one should always make a list of pros and cons of projected decision results. Two critical aspects of life are greatly affected by thoughtful decision-making: finance and relationships. The author believes we can and should be happy with ourselves, looking to the future and making choices that will lead to success.

Towns, the founder and president of Feel Good Poems, has set out to guide his readers in making wise choices that lead to positive decisions. He does not propound a codified method; this work, written in simple, clear prose, is more philosophical than “how-to.” Small, at just 24 pages and almost pocket-sized, his book could be kept in a purse or car to help readers when a tough situation arises, offering a reminder to consider priorities and beliefs and take charge of one’s life in positive ways. It might also be useful in facilitating a discussion group on the subject of making positive choices and decisions.

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