10-10-10 Suzy WelchTip of the week: Have a big (or small) decision to make? Try to 10-10-10 it. Confused? Let me explain. 10-10-10 is a “life management tool” created by Suzy Welch, super woman of the business world who also writes a column for ‘O’ (Oprah Winfrey’s magazine).

The process for 10-10-10: 10 Minutes, 10 Months, 10 Years is as follows:

1) Define your question. “Every 10-10-10 begins with posing your dilemma, crisis, or problem in the form of a query.” For example, one of my major questions while utilizing 10-10-10 has been, Should I work outside the home or work as a stay-at-home mother? 

2) Find your answer defined by three time frames. “Given my question, what are the consequences of each of my options in ten minutes? In ten months? In ten years?” This is the foundation of the process. You get to explore how your decision affects your life… never making a snap judgment.

3) Finalize your decision based on your personal values. This is my favorite part. The process of finding your values can be a challenging and exhilarating journey of self-discovery. Welch challenged me to define and understand my own values in the areas of love, parenting, friendship, and faith. Finding your values through her “values excavation” helped me dig deeper. She asks, for example, “What do I want people to say about me when I am not in the room? And What is my personal idea of professional success?”

My own advice on the process: decide on your values, stick to them, and don’t forget to pray on it. Often, I find myself having made a value-based decision, and after a night of sleep or even a week of sleep, God presents me with an entirely different opportunity. He knows you better than you know yourself.

So, how does this save me time? In the beginning, 10-10-10 does seem like a long process, but it truly will save you time and energy! “10-10-10 slows you down just enough to get your decision right. It doesn’t squander your time as much as invests it wisely,” writes Welch. In other words, you are left with a sound decision that doesn’t leave you in a worrying rut. And a major plus, you know it is the right decision for you and your family, and you have a foundation for your decision. Explaining it to naysayers will be easy, and you will feel confident in your decisions!

by jessie springer

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