To truly prosper in life we must listen to our own inner guidance, follow our own rhythm, and create our own unique path. Listening to all the "should dos" from others won't help us live in alignment with our true self... neither will trying to emulate or re-create what others do. There are many people out there eager to share their tips to "success" - promising if we just do these things, we'll be healthier, richer, more fulfilled, <or insert other promised outcome here>.
The two main problems I see with that are:
1. "Success" means different things to different people. What you consider "successful" may mean nothing to me and what I consider "successful" may mean nothing to you.
2. What works for you may not work for me and what works for me may not work for you.
I've tried to follow advice and guidance from others in the past and doing so has never worked out for me. I might have a short term win, but the success isn't sustainable because it's not aligned or resonant with me and my path.
That's why I no longer do this. When people offer me "advice" these days, I know that it's more important to follow my own inner guidance. That's also why I've resisted created structured programs for my 1-1 coaching clients. It's more important that I help them in ways that work for them rather than force them to do the things that have worked for me. Each of my clients receive a completely different experience - one that is customized to their specific needs and the way they process and receive information. They appreciate this because they know I have THEIR best interests at heart rather than my own.
Take a quick review of your own situation.
Without attaching any guilt or judgment to what you may discover, reflect on these questions. The opportunity is to create awareness about the ways that you are not living in alignment and the ways that you are not being true to you so you can decide what you may want to change.
-In what ways have you succumbed to other people's expectations, shoulds, or advice? How has this worked out for you?
-What feels out of alignment in your life?
-What is getting your time, attention, or energy that no longer resonates with you?
-What changes would you like to make?
-Where will you start?
Awareness is the first step. With awareness, we can make new choices and move in new directions.
If you need guidance in reflecting further on any of this, making different decisions, or navigating life changes - please reach out to schedule a complimentary discovery session to see how I can help.
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