About Joy Chudacoff
Joy Chudacoff is the founder of Smart Women Smart Solutions® , a Professional Certified Coach and Motivational Speaker. To read more articles by Joy and learn more about her Success Circle workshops, teleseminars or keynote topics, please visit her website.

One of the biggest challenges I see people struggle with is making decisions. There’s this burning need inside of us to avoid making a mistake when it comes to choosing one over the other. They key is to know when a decision really matters (“should I marry this guy?”) or is it a mere blip on the screen of your life (“What should I have for dinner?”). I, too, have had my share of sleepless nights over the “yes or no” of life, however over the years, I’ve developed a process that I take myself through when it’s time to ground myself in a decision:

1. Batman & Commissioner Gordon – When I was a little girl I loved watching Batman and I marveled at how one call on the red phone with Commissioner Gordon would solve everything- it was magic! When I’m struggling with a decision, I reach out to my mentors and trusted advisors to get their read on the situation. Having a solid, success-oriented group of trusted advisors just a phone call away makes decision making much easier.

2. The Five Year Question – When I’m faced with a decision, I ask “Will this affect me or my family in five years?” For example, making decisions about your estate plan or family trust could have consequences five years from now so it requires solid, grounded thinking. The decision about whether to buy a pair of hot new shoes that aren’t on sale won’t really affect you one way or another long-term so I say go for it. : -)

3. Check your intuition – I saved this one for last when it comes to decision-making. After I’ve spoken with my trusted sources and asked myself the five-year question, I always check-in with my intuition. If you practice presence in your life and continue to hone your intuitive skills, your intuition will never steer you wrong when it comes to choosing what’s right for you.
Saying “Yes” means saying “No” to something else which can set off fear of loss and uncertainty in our lives, however I’ll share a secret with you; money likes speed and good things come to those who harness the power of decision making.
Anything is possible. Everything is waiting for you.

Joy Chudacoff, ICF, PCC, is the founder of Smart Women Smart Solutions®, a Professional Certified Coach to 1000’s of women, Motivational Speaker, and Entrepreneur.  She publishes a weekly buzz generating ezine, Reflections On Life and Business for Women Entrepreneurs.  If you’re ready take your coaching business to the next level, get your FREE Tips, FREE Report, FREE MP3 and be the first to hear about my exciting new program for coaches and consultants at Smart Women Smart Solutions Coaching.