Guest Author - Sharon Michaels
If you’re looking for an effective way to make better decisions, let me suggest reading 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch. There’s nothing earth shatteringly different in her theories or ideas but what you will find is an extremely practical plan for making wise decisions - that’s a skill worth reading about.
Let me ask you this: Wouldn’t you want to consistently make deliberate well thought-out decisions rather than emotional, impulsive or reactive ones? 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea by Suzy Welch gives you a system for making wise decisions – a decision-making framework that can support your life day-to-day, month-to-month and year-to-year. As the author explains, this is a life management tool.
Suzy Welch is a journalist, businesswoman, mother and wife – in other words, a woman with a full busy life. About a decade ago her life seemed to be spinning out of control. She shares her own personal story of trying to be a “super mom,” a business success and in the process, not being able to do any of it joyfully. She stopped one morning to sit and quietly watch a sunrise and thought to herself, there must be a better way.
The 10-10-10 system is simple -
When faced with a complicated decision, ask yourself this question:
How will making this decision change or affect my life in 10 minutes, 10 months and 10 years. Basically, this system is based on a balance of short-term and long-term considerations.
10-10-10 is a life management tool for sorting through the options and giving yourself the emotional, mental and physical ability to make wise and well thought out decisions.
10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea is based on Suzy Welch’s decision-making system and the case studies of those who have put it into day-to-day practice. Suzy interviewed thirteen women and two men who shared how using 10-10-10 has changed their lives. There are pearls of wisdom in each of the stories – something we can apply to our own lives.
Being the “tell me how this works in real life type” person that I am, I particularly enjoyed reading chapter two entitled This Is Your Brain on 10-10-10 – The Science Behind the System. Many of us make decisions based purely on gut reaction, which we find often gets us into trouble. Suzy’s system thoughtfully and practically combines the emotional and practical parts of our brain so we can sort through what is important and what is not.
Suzy Welch shares many examples of how she has used this system in her own life, both personally and professionally, to make important and life changing decisions. She’s proud to say that she created a more joyful life for herself, her family and for others who have read her book. The last sentence of this book reads, “If transformation beckons, 10-10-10 is meant for you.”
Here is an offsite link to Amazon.com if you'd like to read more about this book or to purchase it: 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea
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