The Difference Between Deciding and Doing Is Vast


Five people are sitting around the conference table and ready to go to lunch. Three people decide to go to the deli up the street.  How many people are left? Did you answer 2? The correct answer is still 5.  This is because there is a difference between deciding and doing.

We all have a lot we want to do but doing and deciding to do are two different mindsets.  To turn your want into action below are some helpful steps.

  • Find a starting point. We often put off doing something because we don’t know where to start. Start by identifying what you are trying to accomplish.  Be specific, list the tasks or objections in order for you to see a start and an end.
  • Eliminate the distractions. We live in a world of constant distractions and noise. Focus, eliminate distractions (both electronic, personal and environmental) and be honoring of your time.
  • Stop over-thinking or waiting until conditions are perfect. If you are waiting for everything to be perfect in order to get started you will be waiting forever. Things will never be perfect. There will always be something that is not right or could be better. There is no perfect time; there is only now.
  • Watch where fear or considerations come in. I don’t have enough time, I won’t do it right, it’s too big a job or I don’t know how.  Just notice that these are only thoughts that can be moved into actions by choosing what is true and what is not.

The simple truth is that one average idea put into action is far more valuable than 20 genius ideas that are being saved for another time. When you have an idea or want make a decision, create a habit in following through not waiting.

It doesn’t have to be perfect.  Miracles happen in the “doing”.


Tori Goodrich is a life, business and professional coach. She is also the co-owner of Gener8tional Connections helping companies work through the great divide. Contact Tori by telephone at 610.613.2127, on the web at, or via email at


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