Good morning, ladies and gentlemen!
As we get older, we tend to move from relying on the advice of others to seeking the opinions of others. We make decisions based on sifting through the the information that we gather from a variety of sources, and then figuring out whether or not it is in line with what we already believe. How many times have we heard that we should “always go with our gut?” There’s a lot to be said for gut feelings. We know things about ourselves that nobody else knows; things that cannot be articulated, quantified, or even understood by anyone else. We understand ourselves in ways that nobody else can. And while others have their opinions on what we should and shouldn’t do – on the decisions that make or don’t make for ourselves – their thoughts and opinions cannot account for the our understanding of ourselves or our visions for ourselves.
Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise. - Joan Rivers
It’s to our benefit to seek the wisdom, thoughts, advice, and opinions of others. But it’s not to our advantage to let others, in any way, shape, or form, make our decisions.
We must have a vision for ourselves. We have to have an idea of what we want to see happen, and then make decisions based on whether or not they will fulfill, uphold, or further our vision. When we go with our gut, it’s the energy of our vision saying, this is the way to go. Our decisions may or may not affect other people. But they always affect us. We will always have to answer to ourselves for our decisions.
Norman Vincent Peale may have said it best. “Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” Trust your gut this week.
Make it a GREAT week!