Try the "10/10/10" Exercise for Better Decision Making

I’m a big believer in the power of asking the right questions at the right time, and I’m always on the lookout for thought-provoking or idea-generating questions I can use - for myself or my clients – to create breakthroughs or open up new ways of thinking.

Some of my favorites include:

“What would this look like if it were easy?” (When things feel hard or overwhelming.)

“Which set of problems do I want to deal with?” (When choosing between 2 or more


“What would I say to my best friend?” (When overthinking or being hard on myself.)

“How’s that working for you?” (For evaluating the usefulness of any behavior, habit,

action, or thought.)

Another line of questioning that can be useful when you’re faced with a difficult decision (or are struggling to figure out what to consider regarding said decision) is called the 10/10/10 exercise.

(There's no actual money involved, sorry!)

This works well for a “big” decision (should you quit your job, end a relationship, buy that house) or a smaller, in the moment decision (how to respond to an email, whether or not to say yes to that project etc.).

When you’re considering a certain decision or action, ask yourself these three questions:

If I make this decision/do this thing...

How will I feel in 10 minutes?

How will I feel in 10 days?

How will I feel in 10 years?