Life is a constant series of decisions. By making rational decisions, we take charge of our lives and move closer to meeting our life goals. Some decisions seem unimportant but they are important. Every minute or two, we answer through our behavior the questions: What is important to me and what is the best use of my time right now? Any one decision about the next couple of minutes in our lives may seem trivial, but, together the cumulative effect of making these millions of decisions, determines the outcome of our lives.
Important decisions are often made impulsively and without much thought: selection of a mate, friend, doctor, career or health care. Relatively less important decisions are often carefully made. What shirt or dress to buy? What car should I buy? What appliances? What movie to watch? Some decisions are made alone and under tremendous social pressure. When to have sex? What religion to accept? What to do socially with peers, coworkers or family? Whether or not to return to alcohol or drug use?