“Yes” on one side and “No” on the other

I recently attended the Society of Decision Professionals annual conference and brought back a fascinating tool that could transform your decision-making process—a simple poker chip that reads “Yes” on one side and “No” on the other. Here’s how you can use this or any coin to combat decision paralysis and gain deeper insights into your choices:

Three Key Questions to Ask When Using the “Yes/No” Tool:

1. How do I feel about the decision?

    • Flip the coin for a decision you’re struggling with. If the result disappoints you, explore why. What are you truly seeking that this decision impacts?

2. What values are driving my reaction?

    • Whether the coin says “Yes” or “No”, your emotional reaction can reveal underlying values or desires that you might not have considered. Reflect on what matters most to you in this decision.

3. What does my reaction tell me about what I really want?

    • Use your initial emotional response to guide you. If you feel relief or disappointment, it’s a clue to what you actually desire. This insight can be more telling than ineffective pros and cons lists.

This simple method, a playful nod to the complexity of decisions, encourages us to cut through the noise and connect with our true feelings. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the simplest tools can provide the most clarity.

Feel free to reach out if you need guidance on applying this technique to your decision-making process. Do you have a question for me?

    Warm regards,

    Amy Day

      Decision Coach