Chances are, unless you are living under a rock, you have been witnessing (and maybe even participating in) the rampant political dialogue currently at play as we lead up to the U.S. presidential election. Between the news, the internet, the barber shop and social media there are literally thousands of "opinions" as to how you should cast your vote. During times like these, we understand the concept of and the need for gathering real facts in order to ensure we are making a decision that is in alignment with who we are, what we stand for and what we want to see materialize in our world. The question is, do we realize that the same kind of truth seeking exercise is just as necessary and valuable when we are considering the choices we encounter in our daily lives?
Unfortunately, evidence suggests that the answer to that question is often NO. We simply don't do enough "investigating", externally OR internally. When we are unhappy at work, for example, a lot of us just stop there, with that simple statement of "I am not happy here". This is almost like a permission slip we have given ourselves to leave, and we often do, creating a resume that looks like a serial job-hopper. We rarely do the work to understand "WHY" we are not happy...what is missing...what is causing us pain...what is REAL or imagined or ASSUMED...what can be fixed...what is just US and will follow us wherever we go. It is no surprise that because of this, we find ourselves miserable somewhere new.
When we don't delve into the dynamics that comprise our disenchantment, or that make the grass look greener somewhere else, we are not really making an educated decision. WHY do I want to move to another city, WHY do I want to leave my wife, WHY do I hate my job, WHY do I feel like crap every morning, etc.? When we just makes choices to assuage our discomfort without truly understanding our decision, we can't know that it is the right thing for us to do. Whereas when we take a real inventory of the truths at play, place them in front of us as evidence, we can then move forward with our decisions knowing what we are doing. Not only will this process make the difficulties that come with executing change easier, but it will help us make decisions we can live with.
Please share your thoughts by commenting...