Our world is full of information — advice, ideas, books, the newest fads — how do we know what we truly need? What is the right path for us to take in our lives, careers or relationships? And, why is it so difficult sometimes to make even a simple decision?
Many of us are seekers — searching out the best answer to what we need to know. Searching for the best way to alleviate anxiety (for example) brings a multitude of expert advice. We find an anxiety reduction technique to try, then we receive advice from someone else and pause what we started to try the newest solution because the first method wasn’t providing an immediate positive outcome.
Has this happened to you? This pattern can easily continue for weeks, months or years without absolute clarity on what YOU truly need. What does your inner wisdom say to you? What are the best anxiety reduction methods for you?
Continuous learning and self care are extremely important for our emotional well being and it does require our focused attention. So, what’s the best way to find what we need?
Do the research, seek support from teachers, counselors or coaches. Build your understanding of the possible causes for your challenges and find what people are doing to address similar issues. Be cautious, however, because there is so much information on-line that it can be overwhelming and sometimes scary. Set a time limit on how much time you spend exploring independently.
Try the methods, tools, and techniques — how do you feel before and after? How much time can you carve out in your day? Does the method fit into the time you can commit?
Does what you are trying make sense as far as how it is supposed to help you? Do you believe in the power of this solution?
Experiment doesn’t mean one time — give it enough time before you rule it out. How long? It’s something you will need to ask your inner wisdom. YOU know the answer deep down.
Once you have found the best solution(s) for you, find the best time of day and DO IT. Use the method of planning, scheduling and/or tracking that works best for you. You can definitely still consider suggestions from your teacher/coach, but it will ultimately come down to you because you need to hold yourself accountable for a regular practice.
Recognize and pay attention to how your emotions change over time after you have implemented a regular practice. Are you feeling more emotional stability? Do you recognize how it feels to feel happiness and contentment rather than anxiety or depression?
Ask your family and friends if they notice anything different about you. Many times those closest to us notice changes before we do. Then, keep it up! Maintain these great practices that you selected for yourself.
When you are ready to move forward and make changes in your life, take the first step today and begin to investigate what’s best for you.
Once you begin to create a more emotionally stable environment inside your mind, body and spirit, the other answers you seek such as career decisions and relationship challenges will become much more clear.
Are you ready to begin? It’s time to take the first step today!
Sending you love and blessings,