Definition of Decision:
Conclusion or resolution reached after consideration.

of Decision:
Resolution, conclusion, commitment, resolve, determination, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and related 12 step programs.
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We hope you find them helpful

Love in fellowship



The moment of absolute certainty over decisions made never arrives, so make your decision and move on. –Anon

There is no such thing as a bad decision, only a consequence that you can learn from. A ‘bad’ decision stops inertia and moves things forward. You can always revise your decision later. –Unknown

Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens. –Wilfred A. Peterson

If it is hard to adjust to our age, how much harder it must be to realize we can’t even run our own life with any degree of competence. Until we get used to that idea, we will keep having living troubles. Accepting our incompetence doesn’t have to take forever, though.

The Third Step is a shortcut that requires no action, only a decision. –In God’s Care/Karen Casey | More…


There are times when it’s hard to make a decision. It’s necessary to keep in mind that any course of action is a decision, but no decision is irreversible.

We are free to do what we decide, and are freed by the awareness that whatever we do is based on our own decision and no one else’s. –Today’s Gift | Moe…

When we decide to make changes, we don’t want to make decisions out of anger or envy.
Instead, we can think about what we want and how our program can help us make wise decisions.

What do I really want in life? What decisions do I need to make to get there? –Keep It Simple | More…


Before we got clean, most of our actions were guided by impulse. Today, we are not locked into this type of thinking.

Today, our decisions and their consequences need not be influenced by our disease. Our faith gives us the courage and direction to make good decisions and the strength to act on them.

The result of that kind of decision-making is a life worth living. –Just For Today | More…

My life is run by choices and decisions.
Every choice I make today will carry with it the consequences of that choice.

Every decision I make today will carry with it the consequences of that decision. The question I will ask myself today is, “Do I want to be happy or do I want to be right?

Whichever one I choose will have a lot to do with the consequences I will experience today. If today was the last day of my life, what choices and what decisions would I make? –Elders | More…


Hard calls are a part of life. They insist that we choose the path that’s in our highest good –More Language Of Letting Go | More…

We become able to make wise and loving decisions based on principles and ideals that have real value in our lives. The Twelve Steps give us a strong dose of real values, the kind that help us live in harmony with ourselves and those around us.

We place our faith not in ourselves, our families, or our communities, but in a Higher Power. And in doing so, we grow secure enough to be able to trust our communities, our families, and even ourselves.

We learn to be honest, no matter what—and we learn to refrain from doing things we might want to hide. We learn to accept responsibility for our actions.

“It’s mine” is replaced with a spirit of selflessness. These are the kind of values that help us become a responsible, productive part of the life around us.

Rather than digging us deeper into a grave, these values restore us to the world of the living.–Just For Today | More…


we make decisions, we need to look around to see who would be affected.
If we change the course of a river, who, what will be affected?

If we put poison on the gardens, who, what will be affected?
If we cut the trees and too many are cut, who, what will be affected?

We need to become aware of the consequences of our actions.
We need to pay attention to our thoughts.

We are accountable to our children to leave the Earth in good shape. –Elders | More…


Decision is the spark that ignites action.
Until a decision is made, nothing happens.

You can do more than pray after you have prayed,
But you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.

In my pain I seek the comfort and guidance of my Higher Power.
Grace and gratitude are the gifts I receive.

Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we…
See that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth,
and have begun striving for ourselves. –Buddha


It is astonishing and humbling to learn that we always have choices, even when other people or bad conditions are grinding us down. Once a decision was made to seek sobriety as a primary goal, other choices and decisions became possible. We can always choose how we want to think and feel, our higher power will show us the way if we decide that is what we really want. –Walk In Dry Places | More…


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