Do You Use Suzy Welch’s 10-10-10 Rule?

I was reading Glamour magazine this weekend and came across an article about Suzy Welch’s “10-10-10” rule. This simple and applicable way of thinking about decisions is one that many of us will find useful.

Suzy suggests that with every complicated decision you make, you should consider how it will affect your life in 10 minutes, 10 months and 10 years.

If there is one thing that holds women back from success in their careers and relationships, I’d say it is being indecisive. I am no exception. I used to struggle with decision-making so much that deciding what to order for dinner was a mini-crisis.

If you struggle with making decisions, or have a huge decision looming on the horizon, try this strategy.
For example, perhaps you are considering changing fields from business to something a bit more creative that you are passionate about. In 10 minutes, you might get a pay cut. In 10 months, you will be buzzing about the awesome new projects you get to work on. In 10 years, you will be so happy you took the leap and pursued something you loved which you also happen to rock at. And you will most likely have forgotten about the pay cut you had to take 10 years ago too.

I’ve used the strategy a few times this weekend already, and I enjoy its simple structure that provides logic to decisions that are sometimes emotionally driven. Try it and let me know what you think!

Ms. Career Girl

Ms. Career Girl was started in 2008 to help ambitious young professional women figure out who they are, what they want and how to get it.

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