Why you should stop comparing yourself to others

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Want a high-octane, super-charged, 99.999% guaranteed way to make yourself feel bad? Want to take the fast track to feeling unhappy about yourself?

Compare yourself to others. Simple as that. Compare yourself to others’ success, to their abilities, to their looks, to their charm, to their ________.

It doesn’t matter what the subject is. You will always, Always, ALWAYS be able to find someone who is better than you.

Let’s be honest for a minute here. Let’s take off the mask most of us wear so we’ll look good out in the world and be a little authentic and vulnerable.

On some level, most of us feel like we don’t  measure up. And one of the big reasons for that is because we spend so much time comparing ourselves to others.

Now, if we compared ourselves to the full picture, that would be one thing. But that’s not how we tend to do it. Instead, as I’ve heard it described before, we come out on the losing end because we compare our blooper reel with other people’s highlight reels.

Comparison isn’t an inherently destructive thing. It can actually be used as fuel for growth and achievement, if we use it right. But the kind most of us do – the kind that looks at other people, then at ourselves and says, “See? You suck!” – isn’t it.

Here are some questions to help you break out of that destructive comparison loop.

  • Am I seeing the whole picture? (Think bloopers vs. highlights)
  • OK, so they’re better than me (at _____). Why? What can I learn from that?
  • How can I use them as a model to aspire to, rather than as proof that I’m not enough?
  • What characteristics do they have that I can authentically emulate?
  • OK, enough about them – what’s good about me?

 

That last one may actually be the most important of all. Because ultimately, your career, and your life, isn’t about anybody else. It’s about aspiring to be the best you possible.

And quite honestly, none of us are anywhere near the limits of our potential. We all of amazing amounts of possibility we can grow into.

What anybody else is able to do, or who or how they are has absolutely nothing to do with your potential. Zero. Zip. Nada.

Unless you’re using it as a positive source of growth, comparing yourself to other people is nothing but a distraction from the main event: Making the most of your own life!

So the next time you find yourself comparing yourself to someone else, ask yourself, “Is this really relevant? Does this really have anything to do with what I’m doing here? Or am I distracting myself from the main event?”

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Five Friday Favorites: April 25th, 2014

Five Friday Favorites

It’s Friday, and you know what that means. That’s right, it’s….drumroll please…

Five!

Friday!

Favorites!

Here are my picks for this week.

6 steps to stop procrastinating today (even if you’re really good at it)
from Free Range Humans

6 Easy-to-Steal Rituals of Extremely Successful People
from Marc and Angel Hack Life

Dealing with a crisis: Healthy ways to cope
from The Bridgemaker

13 Ways to Savor & Serve
from Jennifer Louden

The Habit Action List
from Zen Habits

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Why you should think BIG (and why you shouldn’t)

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“Think BIG!” It’s a message we often hear from personal development types like yours truly. But should you listen?

The other day I went on a mini-rant about how the personal growth message so often lands as, “You’re not enough. You need to change.” Self-help can be just another form of consumerism, where a hole is identified that you need to fill.

The post was sparked by someone tweeting about the need to “think big,” to really aim high and achieve something big in your life.

So should you listen to the think-big message? As with so many things, the answer is, “Weeeell…it depends.”

What’s your motivation?

To be clear, I’m actually a huge fan of thinking big. The trouble comes when the motivation for it gets muddy.

Boiled down to its simplest form, that motivation can come from two places. It can either be a door to a fuller expression of yourself and your potential, or a way to fill in a perceived hole of not-enoughness.

Motivation is everything. Even if you get the same end result, how you feel along the way is completely different.

With one, every step is part of the adventure. Every step is valued and enjoyed, or at least learned from.

With the other, there is an underlying sense of, “I’ll be OK when _____. I’ll be enough when ____.” Except you won’t. With a hole-filling motivation, no amount of reaching your goals will permanently fill that hole. It will always creep back, like a sinkhole opening up beneath your life.

So should you think big? Sure! But be really aware of your motivation. Is it because you don’t feel like you’re enough, or because you feel like you’re currently playing smaller than you truly are?

Why should you think big?

So let’s assume that you have dug into your motivation and decided that, while there might be a little “I’ll be enough when ____,” it’s mostly a way to step into a fuller expression of who you are and what you have to offer.

What are the benefits of thinking (and acting) big? Here are just a few.

It stretches you. When you think big and aim high, you can’t muddle along in your standard comfort zone kind of way. It requires you to reach beyond your present knowledge, capabilities, even your current beliefs.

It expands your sphere of possibility. When you stretch yourself, when you reach beyond what’s immediately within reach, a funny thing happens. The sphere of what you see as possible expands.

It expands the impact you can make. If making a difference is something you feel called to (not something you feel like you “should” do), this is potentially the biggest reason to think big.

It energizes you. Pushing yourself out past where you’ve ever been can be scary, but it can also be energizing. And it definitely keeps things from getting stale and stagnant.

It stimulates growth. Growth happens beyond the comfort zone. And when you think big, that’s where you spend a lot of your time.

It opens doors. When you pursue a big path, you take action you wouldn’t otherwise have taken. And that opens doors you never would have known were there.

It builds confidence. Succeeding outside your comfort zone builds belief both in your abilities and in the potential to do even more.

Make sure it’s your big

One final caveat – if you’re going to think big, make sure it’s your big. Just because your entrepreneur friend is over-the-moon inspired by building a company and scaling it into something huge doesn’t mean that has any relevance to you.

Your big might be to have a long-lasting, deep impact on people you spend time with face-to-face. Or it might be diving deep into a spiritual path that has none of the traditional think-big trappings of external accomplishment and achievement.

Just remember, the path to the fullest expression of who you are and what you can do never leads through anyone else’s big.

So should you think big? And should you take action on thinking big? Yes! Yes! Yes! But if you do, be sure it’s a path to a fuller expression of who you are, not just a way to shovel more loads of temporary enoughness into that hole.

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How to stop stress from killing career passion

reduce stressImagine sitting down to a sumptuous gourmet meal. Everything is amazing. The food makes your eyeballs roll back in your head. The atmosphere is perfect. It’s the ideal meal.

Now imagine someone is standing behind you, whacking you on the head with a stick. He keeps at it the whole meal, over and over and over.

How likely are you to be able to truly enjoy the meal? Not very, I’d wager.

It’s a bit like that with stress and career passion. You can have the perfect job, but if stress is continually whacking you on the head, your ability to truly get the most out of it is limited.

And it’s not just job stress that’s the problem. It’s any stress. As I have mentioned before, getting Wild About Work isn’t just about what happens on the job.

The Wild About Work ecosystem happens in 360 degrees in your life.

Don’t believe me? Imagine having a huge quarrel with your spouse or partner right before you head out the door for work. Something really big. How likely are you to be at your best that day? What happens at home follows you to work. Why? Because you’re the same person!

How big is your juice container?

Here’s one way I think about it. Imagine you have the perfect job, and the juice from that job, the flow of potential energy, is cascading down like a waterfall, or a fire hydrant wide open.

All you need to do is go to work and step into that flow, right? Ummmm, no.

To experience that energy, you have to catch it in your own container, your own ability to feel energized. And if all you have is a little juice cup, because stress is reducing your ability to fully experience the positive, then you’re limited in how much groove you will actually feel.

Managing stress in 360 degrees in your life is one way to create a bigger container, moving from a juice cup to a big bottle, or a bucket. When you reduce stress, you have more space to feel the juice in your job.

Whole-life stress management

I have a blog I started last year as a public service aimed at helping job seekers manage the stress of the search. In the process of blogging, a whole-life stress management model popped into my head (click on that link for more details, as well as a free 10-page e-booklet doing a deep dive into the model).

Here’s a distillation of that page. The model has four layers:

I – The Core: This consists of the basics that lend themselves to a solid foundation. Think of it as the foundation you pour for a house before that provides a stable ground to build on. Making sure you have a solid core is the first part of a whole life stress management approach  (note the similarity to the foundation in the Wild About Work ecosystem model).

The Core consists of what I call the Five Fundamentals:

  • A healthy diet
  • Staying hydrated
  • Exercise
  • Grounding practice
  • Sleep

II – Internal: This layer focuses on what is happening in your internal world. This is probably the area of whole-life stress management that has the most powerful stress busting potential, because it’s the one area in your life you can reliably control. It looks at:

  • Your Stories: How you interpret the world.
  • Your Self-talk: The conversations all of us continually have, whether constructive or critical.
  • Your Focus: Where you’re directing your attention, both internally and externally.
  • Your Now-ness: Being in the present moment.

III – External: You can’t control everything in the world around you, but you can exert some influence on it. This layer takes a look at the choices and changes you can make, and how you can shape your surroundings (physical, community, etc.) in a way that supports you.

IV – Tools & Techniques: These are the on-the-fly techniques you can apply to reduce stress in the moment, like breathing techniques, short guided meditations, etc.

You can find a collection of all the stress busting quick tips I have posted over on the Job Search Stress Busters blog (things that take ten minutes or less) on the Stress relief quick tips page.

Whatever your situation at work, whether you love your job or are bursting with the desire to make a change yesterday, incorporating a whole-life stress management approach into the picture can improve it.

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Want to energize your career? Make a personally meaningful difference

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Woven through all the work I do is a simple question: “How do I bring more of what energizes me into my career, and my life?”

In my work with clients, that frequently boils down to two lines of inquiry:

  • What are my sources of energy?
  • How can I create opportunities to experience more of those energy sources, more often?

Over the last thirteen years of my Passion Catalyst work, I have spent a lot of time thinking about where that energy comes from.

One source of energy that is frequently overlooked is making a difference. Not just any ol’ making a difference, but what I call a “personally meaningful difference.”

A different look at making a difference

To tap into this one requires a little different way of thinking about what making a difference means.

Here’s the thing. All work is inherently about making a difference. Something is different when you’re done than when you started. A product was created, a customer was helped, the peace was kept, a burger was served. Whatever.

So if you’re going to be making a difference anyway, doesn’t it make sense to figure what kind of difference has the most juice for you? Put another way, what kinds of outcomes have the most charge for you? What do you find most compelling?

Because I’m willing to bet that all kinds of differences are not created equal. Some will leave you feeling engaged, while others will leave you ambivalent.

When the difference you make energizes you and feels compelling, it’s what I call a “personally meaningful difference.” 

My own personally meaningful difference

To make this a little more specific, I’ll use myself as an example. For me, one outcome that has a huge charge is seeing the light bulb going on as someone gets clarity. On the other hand, if I work all day to create some sense of order in my office space, I might find it satisfying enough, but there’s not much energy to it.

If I explored why the first has such a charge, I would say that it’s really about two things. First, it’s specifically about helping people. Making a positive impact on the environment, or helping a company improve its bottom line are outcomes I know intellectually are important, but they don’t have the deep resonance for me that helping people does.

Second, it’s about creating clarity, and the doors that insight opens and the possibilities it creates.

No, it’s not about joining the Peace Corps

Note that in this context making a difference isn’t necessarily the do-gooder activity we typically think of. It could be, but it might also be the executive assistant who feels completely energized knowing that the order he or she creates is making it possible for someone to do more and achieve more.

So it’s not inherently about changing the world in the stereotypical way.

And it’s not about what anybody else thinks is important. Identifying an outcome as energizing isn’t a value judgment of whether or not it is important in the scope of the world.

It’s about noticing how you are wired as an individual.

What anybody else thinks is important has zero, zip, nada relevance.

Find your personal meaning characteristics

Ultimately it boils down to this. What are the characteristics of the kinds of outcomes you find particularly compelling?

If you could wave your magic wand and work toward any outcome you wanted, what would that look like? Would it be about helping people? Would it be about the environment? Would it be something that had a clear, immediate impact? Would it be something that has a bigger picture strategic impact? Would it be up close and personal, or would it be making a difference at a large scale? What else?

You might start by just paying attention to your current work. What do you find compelling about the outcome of what you are doing now? Why do you find it compelling?

You can also look at the outcomes other people are working towards (not the actual work they are doing, but the outcomes). Make a list of outcomes that make your heart say, “Yes! That’s important!” Then dig into why each of the scenarios on your list has such a charge.

The more you understand about what a personally meaningful difference looks like for you, the more consciously you can look for opportunities to tap into that energy.

Otherwise, your best hope is just to luck into it. Not the best career planning strategy.

 

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7 reasons you should bring your spirituality to work

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When I talk about getting Wild About Work, what I’m really talking about is creating an energized, impactful, heart-based career.

One thing you can do that touches all three of those is bring your spirituality to work.

Before I go any farther with this idea, let me be clear about two things.

First, I don’t mean going to work and proselytizing. In fact, in all likelihood nobody will even know that you’re bringing your spirituality to work. This is all an inside job.

Bringing your spirituality to work means using your spiritual perspective as a lens through which you look at everything. It means using it as a guidance system, “If I were in perfect alignment with how I see the world spiritually, what would I do here? How would I behave? What decision would I make?” It means using the events of your workday as a spiritual practice.

Second, I have no idea what spirituality means to you. It might be intimately tied to religion. It could be “spiritual but not religious.” It could even be completely secular, for example, blending your values and a focus on the interconnectedness of life.

When I say bring your spirituality to work, the meaning is inherently broad. Before you read the ideas below, ask yourself, “What does spirituality mean to me? How do I define it? What role does it play in my life?” Then interpret everything accordingly.

The idea of how to bring your spirituality to work merits a post of its own (which I’ll write sometime soon). But for now, to take it out of the abstract, I’ll give a couple examples.

Bringing your spirituality to work might entail cultivating a service mindset, looking for both opportunities to serve and ways you already are. It might involve practicing mindfulness. It might include saying a silent prayer at various times throughout your day. It might be continuously asking the question, “How do I lead with love and compassion” or, “How can I come from love and compassion in this interaction?” Or any one of a bazillion other ways it could show up.

And now, without further ado, here are seven benefits of bringing your spirituality to work.

#1 – It has a grounding effect

One of the big ways we get ourselves out of the Wild About Work zone is jumping on the hamster wheel and running full tilt. We get spun up in our stories and create unnecessary stress for ourselves. Coming back to a spiritual perspective can have a grounding effect, creating more space for the juice to flow.

#2 – You feel more alignment

One of the ways I think of being Wild About Work is like being a pipe, a channel through which the energy of work that lights you up can flow. When we’re out of alignment with what’s fundamentally important to us, the inside of the pipe gets gunked up and the flow of that energy gets blocked.

Bringing your spirituality to work helps you de-gunkify your internal pipeline so you can experience as much of the rich fullness of your work as possible.

#3 – It puts things in perspective

Related to the grounding effect, bringing your spirituality to work puts things in a less constricted context. One of the ways we jump on that hamster wheel is obsessing on me, Me, ME! A spiritual perspective can help you get out of your me story and see things in the context of a greater whole.

#4 – It helps you make better decisions

Jumping out of the spin-cycle that me Me ME creates gives you a broader, more objective perspective. That in turn can help you make better decisions, because you’re in less of a reactive space and more holistic in your outlook.

#5 – You actually get to live it

One of the most fascinating questions I sometimes explore with clients is, “How do you live your faith? (or, your spirituality, or your values)?” There’s a big difference between “what do I believe?” and “how do I live that?”

Most of us spend a big chunk of our waking ours at work. Bringing your spirituality along with you means you actually get to live it, rather than relegating it to the odd pocket of time here are there. Rather than an add-on, your spirituality becomes a framework within which everything else unfolds.

#6 – It provides a vehicle for growth

Let’s face it, no matter how capable you are, things are going to go sideways. You’re going to fail. You’re going to experience conflict. You’re going to show up in ways that aren’t in alignment with the person you want to be.

Bringing your spirituality to work gives you a vehicle to use any experience for growth. One simple question, “How does this help me grow on my path?” can change the meaning you assign any situation.

#7 – It gives you a sense of meaning

Last, but not remotely least, bringing your spirituality to work weaves a sense of meaning into the fabric of your day. It gives you a way to experience your day to day work in the context of something greater than yourself. It uses your day-to-day work as a means of connection with something greater than yourself (however you perceive that). It creates a way for you to feel like an instrument of something greater, rather than just a random cog.

Bringing your spirituality to work can help you take a more grounded and expansive view. It creates more space to fully experience what energizes you. And it carries with it an inherent sense of meaning.

If your goal is to create an energized, impactful, heart-based career, that sounds like a pretty valuable addition to the mix!

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Five Friday Favorites – April 18th, 2014

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It’s Friday! Which means it’s time for another round of Five Friday Favorites. Here, in no particular order, are my five picks for the week.

On Making It Through Tough Journeys
Zen Habits

25 Things You Should Never Stop Doing for Yourself
Marc and Angel Hack Life

49 Ways to Get Inspired
Robin Sharma

8 Reasons Why Nothing Ever Seems to Make You Happy
Addicted2Success

The Full-Stop Problem Solver
Heart of Business

So there you have it. Plenty of insights and inspiration as you sail into the weekend. Enjoy!

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Stretch yourself into passion with a four-chord approach

A few months ago I bought a guitar with the intention of teaching myself to play it. I promptly did nothing with it, primarily because I felt like a heaping pile of suck any time I picked it up. My fingers just wouldn’t cooperate with me.

Recently, inspired by the video below, I decided I would drop the idea of learning to play the guitar (with its attendant visions of being able to hang out and jam with my friends) and just focus on playing four simple chords, over and over (and over) again.

I’ve been at it about a week now and I have to admit, it’s tedious. Boring even. And my fingers still won’t completely cooperate. But I can see some small improvement. Better yet, I can see a door opening to the path to learning to play.

What exactly does my awkward efforts to learn a new instrument have to do with getting Wild About Work in your career? A lot!

Part of staying energized and engaged by the work you do is stretching outside your comfort zone. When you stay in the same tired loop of what you know, stagnation can set in. What once made your heart sing can start to go out of tune.

Stretching beyond your current knowledge, skills, and abilities keeps you fresh. It keeps you challenged. And it keeps you growing.

Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to look beyond the comfort zone and have the same reaction as me with my guitar. We get a first taste of how not in the groove we are as we take those first tentative steps, how clumsy and awkward we feel, and say, “Ah screw it. Never mind.”

What if, instead of retreating from your discomfort zone, you stepped back and asked, “OK, what are my four chords here? What can small thing can I focus on mastering? What can I do over and over and over until I’m comfortable?

Let’s say you want to stretch yourself by being able to get up in front of people and speak. If you’re at the stage where even thinking about it makes your knees knock, maybe your four chords would be to give an impromptu five-minute speech to your dog every day on some subject that interests you. Your goal would be to get comfortable with hearing yourself speak and build belief that you can actually string two intelligent thoughts together.

If you’re slightly more comfortable with it, maybe your four chords are looking for any opportunity to get up in front of people and talk. Could be in a meeting at work, or introducing a speaker at a dinner meeting, or sharing your expertise at a brown bag lunch. Your goal here would be to get more comfortable in front of people.

If you’re comfortable speaking in front of people, your push past your comfort zone might be to turn up the volume on what you deliver, speaking to bigger crowds, with greater expectations of you. Your four chords here might be getting back to the basics. For example, you might practice the same talk over and over in the mirror, recording it, working on the timing and flow.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s something to be said for the dive-in-and-flail version of stretching yourself. But if the prospect of diving in and flailing keeps you from even dipping your toe in the water, taking a four-chords approach is a good way to create some positive momentum.

While my fingers are still less cooperative than I would like, I have been finding myself able to explore and play around just a bit more. The four chords are opening the door to a possibility of diving in deeper. And that’s the beauty of taking four chord approach. It both builds a foundation and opens the door to more.

What about you? Where do you want to stretch yourself? What could your four chords be?

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One simple way to make a difference at work (or anywhere else)

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A big piece of the Wild About Work puzzle is Energized Work, feeling energized by what you do for a living. As I talked about a few days ago on a post about energy management, feeling energized at work comes from both maximizing the energy gains and minimizing the energy drains.

One powerful source of energy in your work is feeling a sense of meaning.

There are numerous things that contribute to a sense of meaning. One of the most common is feeling like you’re making a difference.

Usually when people talk about making a difference at work, they’re referring to the outcome of the job itself – something like a teacher, or an environmental activist, or a doctor. But that’s not the only way to make an impact.

There are a bazillion ways to make a difference at work. This article on Psychology Today takes a look at one of them: strengths-spotting.

Strengths-spotting, as you may already have surmised, is simply noticing people’s strengths, and letting them know what you see.

Think about it. Imagine a co-worker came up to you out of the blue and said, “You know, I just want to let you know that I have been noticing how good you are at ________. That’s a real gift. I can see why you’re good at what you do.” And let’s say it’s an authentic, accurate reflection.

How would you feel? Think it might give your mood a bit of a positive bump? Think you might come away feeling a little more self-confident?

The article offers some ideas for getting better at strengths-spotting.

    • Practice observing people. At your next social event, emphasize listening and looking over speaking.
    • Put on “strengths goggles” by listening/looking for strengths in the people around you. It might be helpful to have this list of character strengths in front of you.
    • Label the positive in a precise way (e.g., “I see bravery in you”)
    • Offer an example or rationale for the strength you see (e.g., “I see fairness in you because you always seem to stick up for other people”).
    • Make your feedback to people genuine and honest.
    • Keep your feedback relevant to the situation you are in.

Try this: For the next week, just start paying attention to your co-workers and see what strengths you see. Practice developing a strengths-spotting mindset. If you feel so inclined, pick a co-worker to share your observations with. How does that seem to make them feel? Just as important how does it make you feel?

We each have an amazing amount of potential to make a difference, just by the way we show up day in and day out. Strengths-spotting is a simple, yet potentially profound, way to do that.

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Please, please, please – don’t listen to me!

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This may sound funny coming from a guy who makes his living with personal development, but I’m not a big fan of the personal development industry.

Well, maybe it’s not the industry as a whole. Really it’s more about the way the message is often delivered. However well meaning, the way it often lands is, “Your life isn’t good enough, and you need to change so it is.”

Now,I’m aware that some of this is a matter of focus. I mean, if you live in a world of loose screws, and you have this most amazing screwdriver that can tighten those screws, you’re probably not going to spend a lot of your time telling people how OK it is to have a screw loose. You’re going to shout out, “Hey, I can help you with that!”

Regardless, the message as it lands can leave people feeling that they or their lives don’t measure up.

So I want to say, strongly, unequivocally, that I don’t want you to listen to a thing I say here…UNLESS it speaks to an itch you feel the need to scratch.

What set me off on this little tirade? A tweet from someone (whose work I actually admire and respect) about the need to “play big.”

I don’t happen to believe that everyone needs, or is even wired to play big, at least not in the testosterone-dripping, take-the-hill-boys kind of way it’s often described. Play meaningfully? Sure. Play impactfully? I can go with that. Play deeply? Sounds good. And playing big can be part of any of those. And then again, maybe not.

Ultimately, the only one who really knows what feels right is YOU.

If the message “stop playing small and play the big you were meant to play” resonates and hits home as your own personal truth, then excellent! Run with it. Explore what’s stopping you. Dive into the possibilities.

But if it leaves you feeling like you should play big, even though the idea doesn’t really make your Inner Truth sing, then let all that slide right off your back. One size does not fit all, and you are the best expert in what’s right for you.

One quick caveat to keep in mind, though. Sometimes, “No, that doesn’t speak to me” is really true, and sometimes it’s just a great way to avoid the need to step outside your comfort zone. So if you decide that some piece of personal development doesn’t speak to that Inner Truth, pause and ask, “Is that really true? Or is that avoidance?”

The more you stop and listen to yourself, the better you’ll get at feeling into your own truth, and the more your own self-expertise will naturally come into play.

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