By Lynn A. Robinson
I've had many conversations with clients who describe themselves as "stuck." "Nothing is happening" and "I don't know what I want" are frequent complaints.
It's been my observation that quite often, the words and phrases above really translate to, "I'm scared. I'm afraid I'll make a mistake and things will be worse than they are now. I'll just decide to stay where I am until I'm forced to do something different."
What should you do when you feel as if your life is on hold?
Begin to Gather Information
You may be putting the proverbial "cart before the horse." Before you make any decision, you need to have information. Think about a goal you wish to achieve. Perhaps it's a move, a new job, a skill you'd like to learn. Tony Robbins once observed, "You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action."
What are three things you could do this month that would give you information about your interest? Perhaps you could take a class, read a book, talk to someone who has a similar goal. It doesn't have to be a huge risk. When you commit to action, your intuition can begin to guide you. It puts options, possibility and hope in your path.
Pay Attention to What You Tell YourselfWriter Serge Kahili King notes that, "All thoughts, words, images, prayers, blessings and deeds are listened to by all that is." What goes on in your mind? If the bulk of your thoughts are negative, it's very difficult for your intuition to get through to offer help. Begin to ask, "Is there another way of looking at this situation that will make me feel better?" Or think of someone you admire and ask, "What would ____ do?" When you can begin to focus on the positive side of things, the universe can easily present you with opportunities that will lead you to your hopes and dreams. Have CourageHave you ever talked yourself out of something because you felt scared? You may be surprised to know that nearly everyone feels anxious before they try something new. Think back on your own life. How did you feel before you took your current job or before you moved into your present home? You probably felt uncomfortable for a while until, over time, the new became familiar. Whenever you make a change in your life, however large or small, you're out of your comfort zone for a while. Yet, your intuition will always nudge you to try new things. That's how you grow spiritually. It's also how you gain self-confidence and self-esteem.
What is one small thing you can try this month that has you a little scared? Perhaps it is asking someone you admire out to lunch or speaking up in a meeting to share a comment or ask a question. Be daring. Have courage. Be willing to move just outside your comfort zone. You'll be surprised at the world of possibilities that open up to you as you begin to take risks. Help Is Available -- Learn to Ask!I see many clients when they are struggling, when they're in the midst of massive indecision, or when they've just lost sight of their dreams. I've found that there is an assumption from many people who are on a spiritual path that if you're doing it "right," you will feel wonderful all the time. You'll be in perfect health, and you'll have a relationship with your soul mate that's heaven-sent (and you never argue!). Money will flow at all times, and your children will be perfect and well adjusted. Well, dream on ... it ain't necessarily so. There is wise guidance available to you at all times, supporting you, loving you and encouraging your growth. We are all here to learn love, compassion, forgiveness and faith. Sometimes this means that you face difficulties and challenges. As you face these and overcome them, you become strong in the weak or broken places. Know that you live in a loving universe. Lynn Robinson, M.Ed., is one of the nation's leading experts on the topic of intuition. Through her work as an intuitive coach, she's helped thousands of people discover their life passion and achieve their goals. She's a best-selling author whose books include Real Prosperity, Compass of the Soul and Divine Intuition. Her free Intuition Newsletter is available at http://www.LynnRobinson.com.
Source: Money & Work