We may make only a handful of conscious, considered choices every day. But while these decisions don’t occupy much of our time, they have a disproportionate influence on our lives. The psychologist Roy Baumeister draws an analogy to driving—in our cars, we may spend 95% of our time going straight, but it’s the turns that determine where we end up.
To get that kind of consistent improvement requires technique and practice. It requires a process.
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath, Dan Heath