We spend so much of our time looking to others for answers – our families, our friends, our local experts, the internet. And, yes, each one of them does play a role in helping us figure out who we are and what we want to do with our lives. But there’s something very important that they can’t tell us…
As much as they would really like to do so, all of these people can’t actually answer our questions about what the perfect life path is for us to take. You see, each person advises us about what s/he thinks we should do based upon his or her own life experiences and understandings. For example, if our parents didn’t get all of the education in their lives that they wanted then they’ll probably be the first ones to tell us to go to school as long as possible. Their advice is beneficial, but reflects their own thoughts and feelings.
So what should we do then?
If we try to follow the advice of everyone we ask we’re sure to end up befuddled because much of it will probably contain conflicting information. So no matter what others tell us, in the end we to rely on the answers we already have within ourselves. We are the only ones who have moved through the world in exactly the way we have. So only we know how our own thoughts, feelings, experiences and life lessons come into play for us. Does that make sense?
Here’s an exercise that you can do to help point yourself in the direction that’s right for us. You can take as much or as little time as you want to complete it, but I’m sure it will definitely be worth the investment.