Go with your gut is my mantra these days.
Recently I hired an Executive Assistant.
It was something I put off for a long time. My intuition told me that it was the right decision for me, but I talked myself out of hiring someone to work solely for my business, in-person by my side. I gave myself reason after reason about why I shouldn’t do it…even though, all the while, deep down, my gut was telling me that it was the right choice for me.
Finally, after resisting for years and trying other solutions to my staffing issue, I gave in to my intuition, made the hire, and everything clicked! In my new office, with my wonderful new assistant—it was like a lightning bolt hit me! The pieces are in place. Now I feel energized and ready to move my growing business to the next level.
So, why didn’t I do it years ago?
Have you heard of analysis paralysis? It is “the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation, so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect, paralyzing the outcome.” (thanks, Wikipedia).
What does that mean?
It’s when your “spidey sense” (intuition) is tingling, but you rationalize and analyze until you’ve talked yourself out of whatever it is you were thinking of doing. You might feel like you need to research more or get more advice or learn more or put in more time before you can accept your inner voice’s message. Maybe you are afraid you’ll make a mistake, so you remain paralyzed, and don’t act.
You don’t act.
All but the most confident among us have experienced self-doubt.
AND, today I want to let you know how important it is to listen to and act on your own instinct—your gut.
If you keep ignoring your intuition, you may wake up one day feeling like life is passing you by (or maybe you have already feel that). Sometimes it takes a big life event to finally snap out of it and move forward—a divorce, new child, company merger or acquisition, lay-off, or health scare.
And sometimes you need this reminder: Your life is happening to you, and if you want it to change, only you can change it. Remaining stagnant is worse than the possibility of failure…Or the fear of change.
Trust that you have made solid decisions in the past, and will make solid decisions again. Your gut instinct – paired with some logical planning – is a one-two punch.
Take the jump. Move. Listen to your internal wisdom.
You’ll be glad you did.
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