Make Life Choices by Following Your Heart
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Many of us find making life choices a difficult and daunting task. Some of us put off choosing for so long, that by the time we finally pluck up the nerve to decide, that particular opportunity has passed. In fact, actually choosing to take action, even when you don't feel like it is a daily and very important choice.
Choice can be a scary word. It seems so final. You have made your decision and you are stuck with it. At the ice cream stand of life choices, you bravely opt for chocolate over vanilla. You then discover that all the hype was wrong, and you don’t like chocolate. Too bad, you are informed, someone else has already eaten the vanilla. You have chosen your ice cream, and chocolate it is for you, like it or not.
But wait a minute! That is not how life choices work. Decisions are very rarely final and binding. There is usually a way to change flavors if you discover the one you have chosen really isn’t what you wanted. If the vanilla that you declined has been eaten, there will almost always be some more available elsewhere. In the highly unlikely situation that there is no more vanilla to be found anywhere, then shrug your shoulders and take your time investigating the options of hazelnut, mango swirl, or butterscotch.
Even though you didn’t like chocolate, choosing it was not a wrong choice. If you hadn’t tried it, you would not have discovered that you didn’t like it, and knowing what doesn’t work for you is very valuable knowledge.
If on the other hand, you chose chocolate and do like it, enjoy! But don’t feel that means you must stick with chocolate forever. You can always decide to try another flavor at any stage, and you are not limited to one at a time either.
Let’s say that your current choice is deciding whether to go to college, or spend a year travelling. Take a look at your options.
If you decide to go to college now, you can always try doing some travelling during vacations, or taking your big trip after you graduate. The benefits of this choice may include better work opportunities when you do travel as a college graduate.
If you decide to travel first, you will gain a lot of life experience, and may even come back with slightly different career goals than the ones you left with. This may be helpful in choosing a different course of study when you return. Discovering the career path that is right for you is an important life choice.
If you decide to choose the ‘vanilla’ of college first, you could definitely add some chocolate chips. How about studying another language, meeting new friends in international forums, or showing travelers from other countries around your town? These are all ways of getting some of the benefits of travelling while you are still at home.
Sometimes you will even find that your life choices do not require an ‘either/or’ situation. You may be able to have an ‘also/and’ outcome. This was the case for me when I first met my husband, Ian. We began to get serious right at the time I had decided to leave my business, and go to live in Europe. I thought that I would have to make a difficult choice between pursuing the relationship, and making the move which I knew in my heart was what I needed to do. As it turned out, Ian was ready and willing to pack up and go with me. Definitely a great outcome!
The most important choice we can make in life is the decision to follow our hearts and trust our intuition. If you listen to your heart and have the courage to act boldly, you will be able to look back on your choices and proudly say, I did it my way. Another vital choice we can make every day is to choose our own attitude to whatever we are experiencing in our lives. As these attitude quotes point out, how we choose our outlook impacts our entire life experience.
Even with life choices that are truly difficult, endless thinking and analyzing, is not the best way to make any decision. You will never be able to make the right choice by figuring out all the pros, cons, and probable outcomes. It is impossible to know how any future scenario will turn out. There are too many variables. Read this article for some decision making techniques to help in coping with tough choices.
Decision quotes offer insight and wise advice on how to make choices – both the big decisions that we often baulk at making, and the daily choices that have every bit as much of an impact on our lives, just in a more gradual way.
Big choices are best made by getting very still and quiet and listening to your heart. If you go with the option that feels right to you, you cannot go wrong. Even if the outcome is different from what you might have hoped, the experience is one that you wanted to have, and whatever the result, you will definitely have learned many things.
By hearing the voice of your intuition, and realizing that there are no wrong decisions, the challenging task of making those big life choices becomes a lot easier.Get your life going the way you want! Book your discounted life coaching discovery session today!
I have made some different choices in my life. To read more about these experiences, check out;
Deciding to Change My Life
In my mid twenties, prompted by the intense grief I felt at my mother dying from cancer, I took a good look at my life. Realizing that there were many things I was unhappy with, I proceeded to change my life dramatically. Change is hard, but it can be done, and here are some great change quotes that provide insight on navigating the changes life brings and choosing to create the changes you want.
Choosing to Adopt a Baby
Making the decision to adopt a baby is a huge life choice. It will shape your family forever. I am thankful every day to fate for bringing my three adopted children into my life. Click here to read an extract from my book about motherhood through transracial adoption.
Living abroad opens up a whole new world. As a life choice, I think it’s exciting, enlightening, scary at times, and hard to beat!
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