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“Hell Yes” Decision-Making Matrix: How Busy People Make Decisions

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I’m a busy professional with a LOT of demands on my time.  So, how do busy people make decisions?  They prioritize what matters.  

Time, our most valuable asset, deserves careful allocation. I developed a shortcut to help me and my clients prioritize what matters.  I'm thrilled to share the "Hell Yes" decision-making matrix, a powerful tool to help busy people make decisions.


The "Hell Yes" Clarity: How Busy People Make Decisions

In a world brimming with possibilities, each choice carries weight. When confronted with a new opportunity, I've adopted a simple but impactful mantra: "Is it a hell yes?"

This question is an easy gut-check for hard decisions. Whether it's a new project, board commitments, leadership roles, or civic engagement, this simple question immediately gauges whether I’m passionate about the opportunity. 

Imagine embarking on every endeavor with enthusiasm – a fervor that quickens your heart and elevates your spirit. Visualize being excited by every entry on your calendar. This sensation embodies the essence of a "Hell Yes." When exhilaration surfaces in response to a project, opportunity, individual, or concept, it's an unmistakable sign that it merits your attention.

If you feel an unequivocal "HELL YES," it's a green light to go ALL IN. Showing up as our best selves demands that we align with causes that we are passionate about.

Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy. - St. Francis of Assisi

Erasing the Gray Areas: How Busy People Make Decisions

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Conversely, if doubts linger, don’t try to convince yourself. Shunning the ambiguity of "maybes" and "shoulds" ushers a transformative shift. The middle ground, a space of indecision, is where the value of pausing becomes evident. 

When paralyzed by uncertainty, ask, "What information can transform this into a 'Hell Yes'?" This brief interlude allows introspection, exploring the essence of the endeavor, one's prospective role, and the potential impact. It's an opportunity to fuel your enthusiasm through insight.

Amid life's brevity, half-hearted commitments diminish the brilliance we could offer.  In a world defined by finite time and energy, purposeful time allocation becomes a personal obligation. The choice to discern meticulously, then commit wholeheartedly, is a conscious act of self-care.

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” - Steve Jobs

The Empowerment of Saying No: How Busy People Make Decisions

If it’s not a HELL YES, it’s a solid NO. Our lives deserve more than lukewarm commitments. Liberating ourselves from guilt-driven or FOMO-induced decisions empowers us to channel our energy into ventures that resonate deeply. We often say yes to things because of our desire to pleasure others.  This desire has strong gravity, pulling us to say yes even when we know we should say no. 

Fear of missing a singular opportunity often clouds our judgment. Yet, we must trust that destiny perpetually delivers remarkable chances. What's meant for us will find its way, regardless of time. Saying no not only liberates our schedule but also paves the way for future "Hell Yes" moments. This positive cycle propels intention, vitality, and empowerment skyward.

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Annie Dillard's wisdom reverberates: "How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour and the next defines us."

Let's commit our hours, days, and lives to pursuits that evoke a resounding "Hell Yes!" Let's select opportunities, endeavors, and organizations that honor our talents and passions.

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Sarah-Nell Walsh

Sarah-Nell Walsh is an executive coach, former attorney, and Founder of Wayfinders, LLC. Equal parts big-hearted cheerleader and bold challenger, she works with ambitious professionals, executives, and lawyers who want to perform at the top of their game. Wayfinders has a business development coach for lawyers, a leadership coach for executives, and a transition coach for professionals. We work with all our clients to make their desired impact on their organizations, their families, and the world.

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