Performance Tip of the Week – August 3, 2011
Making decisions can be difficult at times, especially when there is risk involved and the possibility of failure. And it’s easy to complicate things further when you don’t operate from a position of self-trust.
You have a “gut,” which is your inner compass. It has developed through your lifetime of knowledge and experience, good and bad. Your gut is the inner voice that knows you best, and operates to guide you at every fork in the road.
Fear, on the other hand, can steer you off course by throwing up all sorts of imagined hazards. Fear may rear it’s ugly head in your own mind, or through the words of others. Your greatest task is to determine whether or not it’s a warning you must heed, or just another roadblock keeping you from taking a step outside your comfort zone.
Learning to operate from the gut takes focused effort, and attention. The gut is not infallible, so you must use it as a tool, and not a master. Fear, if you allow it, will hold you captive indefinitely, and prevent you from reaching for the stars. Every step you take away from that which is familiar and comfortable in your life, provides your fear the opportunity to grow, as your mind tries to fill in the blanks of the unknown that lies ahead.
So how do you learn to transition to decision making from a position of trust? One step at a time.
- Never be afraid to look your fear straight in the eye. Often that is all it takes to see right through to the truth.
- Do your homework prior to any decision to dispel as many of the unknowns as possible. This will clear the air for you to hear your gut speaking.
- Reflect on past decisions when you did or did not follow your gut, and ask yourself if you would have been better off following your inner voice.
The only way to fully realize what you are capable of in this lifetime is to get out there are do the things you are dreaming of. So follow your heart, combat your fear, trust your gut, and learn from every moment. What are you doing to make decisions from your gut?