Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Book Review ~ 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch

Have you ever made a decision – regarding your family or your own life - that you later regretted? Felt guilty about? Wished you could take back?

Well who hasn't? I know I have made a ton. I, like many in the book 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea, usually follow my gut instead of thinking things out. Now I am all about following your gut instincts, but in order for that to work, you have to first think about your decisions.

As a transformative new approach to decision-making, 10-10-10 is a tool for reclaiming your life. The process is clear, straightforward, and transparent. All it takes to begin are three simple questions: When faced with a complex dilemma, stop and ask, "What will the consequences of my options be in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years?" Yet the outcomes are illuminating, and seldom predictable.

This book by best-selling author Suzy Welch, a mother of four and a columnist for BusinessWeek and O, The Oprah Magazine, provides moms with a decision-making practice that is as simple as it is profound. Through her own story and those of others, Suzy shows readers the ways in which using the method can remove the emotion and uncertainty from decision-making and dramatically change how you make choices, both big and small, in your life. With every decision, all you need to do is consider your options and their consequences in ten minutes, ten months, and ten years, and then compare them to your own set of values. The goal of this practice is an authentic life through which consistency replaces chaos and guilt replaces joy.

While the 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea may not always be easy to apply, it enables Moms to think things through in a truly significant way, explain them clearly to others, prepare for the consequences of their decisions, and feel confident about their choices. Drawing on her own experience as a Mom with humor and candor along with the stories of others who rely on 10-10-10, Suzy shows readers the ways in which this method can serve a as powerful tool to utilize within our families, to teach our children to make good decisions on their own, and to build trust between parent and child.

Not only does this book provide intriguing insights into the life of an extremely dynamic and successful woman, it provides a principle that will truly resonate with moms by helping them live by their own values and priorities as parents. Eloquent, compassionate, and full of anecdotes you will relate to, 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea is more than a great book; it’s a life lesson.

However, 10-10-10’s applicability is uniquely broad. From college students to busy mothers to senior business executives, from artists to government administrators to entrepreneurs, 10-10-10 has shown its effectiveness in decisions large and small, routine and radical, changing lives for the better at home, in love, at work, and in friendship.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is well written and easy to understand. This is an amazing resource to help us live a better life. I highly suggest running out and buying this book or checking it out from your local library!

Thanks to MotherTalk for the opportunity to review this book.

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