“I knooow,” was my favorite phrase as a teenager. Often times, the phrase had to be said with eyes rolled for emphasis. Specifically, when a parent would remind me of something that I needed to listen to for my own benefit, those words came out of my mouth automatically. Now that my parents are gone and I’m older, I know that I don’t always know it all.
I learned many valuable lessons from my loving parents who spoke from the wisdom of experience. One important lesson experience has taught me is that it makes sense to not only listen to advice given to me for my benefit, but to also respond on the information by acting on it. Let’s think about this: in the morning you get out of bed, look in the mirror and the wise response to that startling reflection is to make yourself presentable enough to go to school or work. Or when your stomach growls the wise response would be to eat food. So why is it when we’re given access to wise and beneficial information and resources when facing a challenge in life we don’t respond wisely by acting on it?
Here are three ways to help us when we are hesitant about responding to a problem:
- Been there, done that. Talk to someone who has been in a similar situation and ask what they did. Listening to someone who has gone through the thing you face is invaluable–even if what they chose as a solution resulted in failure for him or her, ask them what they learned from that too.
- Do it NOW. Sometimes procrastination will cause us to talk ourselves out of the right way to go.
- Commit to your decision. Don’t waiver in what you choose to do. If you have listened to your instinct and compared it to the information you have gotten from others, decide on your answer and stick with it!
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