How Decide’s Root Word Will Help You Make Decisions

Do you have trouble making decisions? Do you have a bunch of things you want to accomplish but you just never seem to get them done?


We talked about the fact that you have to decide to accomplish something before you figure out how to do it in this post. With that understanding, let’s look at the word decide.

Have you ever considered the root word in decide? It’s “cide”. Cide originates from the Latin word caedere meaning “to kill”. Here are some other words that have the same root:

  • Homocide
  • Suicide
  • Genocide
  • Pesticide
  • Fungicide

There are hundreds more, but the point is they all mean to cut off or kill something. So when we decide, what are we killing? We are killing off all of the other options.

When you decided to marry your spouse, you killed off all of the other options (not literally I hope). When you decided to have children, you killed of the option to not have children.

Want to know why you have trouble making decisions? It’s because they’re final. It’s because once you decide to do something it forces you to do it.

So do yourself a huge favor today. Decide to do something and get busy doing it.

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