You have to make difficult decisions throughout your life. Business writer and author Suzy Welch suggests using the 10-10-10 rule to get your priorities in order first.
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In her book 10-10-10: A Fast and Powerful Way to Get Unstuck in Love, at Work, and with Your Family, Welch writes:
Every time I find myself in a situation where there appears to be no solution that will make everyone happy, I ask myself three questions:
- What are the consequences of my decision in 10 minutes?
- In 10 months?
- And in 10 years?
Your decisions are rooted in feelings, and the long-term considerations should help in making those clear. Welch says that with the answers, you will figure out if the decision is aligned with your priorities, or maybe even discover your priorities in the process. Clarifying your thoughts also makes it easy to explain the choice to those who will feel its impact.