Yes or No: How Your Everyday Decisions Will Forever Shape Your Life  -     By: Jeff Shinabarger
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Yes or No: How Your Everyday Decisions Will Forever Shape Your Life

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Every day, you're faced with choices that require yes or no decisions. And there are times you feel paralyzed--either from fear of making the wrong choice or because of too many seemingly equal options. Social entrepreneur Jeff Shinaberger helps you break through these moments of tension and transition with proven ways to move toward good choices. Discover the opportunity of becoming a decision maker as you learn the power of saying no, and start using a practical process for making good choices even in difficult situations.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 251
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781408210
ISBN-13: 9780781408219

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As you face daily choices that require yes or no decisions, there are times when you feel paralyzed—either from fear of making the wrong choice or because of too many seemingly equal options. Social entrepeneur Jeff Shinabarger helps you break through these moments of tension and transition with proven ways to move toward good choices.

Discover opportunities to become a decision maker as you gain strength in saying no, develop your personal philosophy of choice, and start using a practical process for making good choices even in difficult situations.

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Jeff Shinabarger is a social entrepreneur and the author of More or Less. Jeff has a vision to make Atlanta a center for social innovation and has personally engaged in over 100 start-ups solving problems. His work has been featured by CNN, USA Weekend, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Coca-Cola, Relevant Magazine, and Chicago Sun Times. He is the co-founder of Q and creatively led Catalyst for eight years. Jeff and his wife, Andre, live in East Atlanta Village and have two children.

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    Yes and no are definitive words. They can change the trajectory of life.

    A key question is, what do you do when you don't know what to do? How do you decide when the decision is not clear? That's where Shinabarger wants to help us, navigating that path to a difficult decision.

    In the first half of the book Shinabarger shares his own story and the stories of others. He writes about the philosophical aspects of decisions, such as love, good works, wisdom, and gaining knowledge. He explores how to become a problem solver and how to determine our own decision making style.

    He reveals his six-step process in the second half of the book, again with lots of stories. While reminding us prayer is a priority, he advocates considering the options, determining who is affected, consulting trusted advisers, identifying our fears, having a time of solitude, and taking a step. When he takes us through this process he gives plenty of examples (stories) and expands on the philosophy behind each step.

    The style of Shinabarger's writing is that of a fellow across the coffee shop table, discussing decision making with you. He'll tell you stories illustrating aspects of decision making, offer some philosophy about making decisions, and then tell a few more stories. The strength of this book is his thoughts on the different aspects of the philosophy of making decisions. Also good is the section on decision making styles, something couples or governing bodies would find helpful.

    This book is full of stories, lots of stories, personal stories, stories about others. There are few practical considerations of decision making. I would have rather had fewer stories and more practical instruction. For example, in his section on fear he writes, Decision makers do not fear rejection; we look past the no in search of the yes. Unfortunately, there are no practical suggestions as to how to do that.

    In the Take Action section of the chapter on fear, Shinabarger does suggest finding a person whom you trust, so he or she can help you move through that fear the next time it holds you back. That would be the way to use this book, by reading it with a trusted friend or in a trusted group setting. At the end of every chapter he provides an action step and group discussions.

    If you want to read a book about the various philosophical aspects of decision making in the context of lots of stories, you'll like this book. I would have preferred fewer stories and more on decision making techniques.

    Food for thought: If you want to contribute something significant in a broken world, choose to be a decision maker.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Icon media for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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