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Inner Guidance vs. Feedback

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Whether or not to change your direction is always going to be a judgment call, but here are some tips that will help you decide whether to stay the course, or to make some changes:1. Decide to trust yourself. Trust that you are fully capable of weighing all of the options and making the right decision.

2. Don’t take anything personally. Any and all feedback that you receive is either intended for your benefit or, if not, says more about the person doing the criticizing than it says about you. Either way, feeling low after receiving feedback is unnecessary and unhelpful.

3. Get in touch with God, your true “inner knowing” or intuition. Whether through prayer, meditation, spending time in nature, or simple quiet time, calming the noise in your head invariably leads to greater clarity and better decisions. You’ll know it’s truth if it feels joyful, loving, expansive. If it feels fearful, constrictive or diminishing, it’s not your intuition and it’s certainly not God.

4. Ask a trusted friend to listen as you talk through the options. They’ll be able to see, hear and sense through your body language, voice tone and inflection, facial expression, etc., which option lights you up and which options sap your energy. The option that fires you up is the one that’ll keep you inspired through the tough times.

5. Store all feedback, even the ideas you don’t immediately employ. If the same feedback comes up time and again from various sources, it might be worth reassessing.

6. Most importantly, keep moving, keep taking action. Don’t let confusion or indecision stall, or worse, permanently shut down, your progress. The world yearns for the gifts each of us has been given. Don’t let fear of making a mistake keep you from sharing yours. Failure only occurs when you stop trying.

Have you ever stalled out on a goal because of someone’s feedback or criticism? In the comment section below, I’d love to hear how you resolved it, or if you didn’t, share one step you’ll take today to get back on track!


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  1. KP Reply March 29, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    After I put my two weeks in for a job that I could not tolerate any longer (it was destroying my happiness), I was told by an employer “It looks better to have a job while job searching than to be unemployed.” I took it to heart for a little while until another employer said, “This makes you employable immediately, that is a good thing.” Understanding both employers view points was very beneficial as long as I kept it as that “their Views.” Sapping my happiness is not something I want or need in my life. Knowing that this is just another season in my life makes me able to process this moment with grace.


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