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What's an Internal Compass??

Life's tests
This fall, many of my clients, friends, and family members have shared with me their fears about the current state of the global economy and the uncertain economic future of the US. In fact, every few days I seem to meet up with someone who's worried about their job security and their ability to navigate the marketplace. For others, their personal and professional decisions are emanating from their fear of the unknown. This month I've jotted down some of my own insights about how each of us can make choices based on our own set of priorities and values.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Lee Estridge

 

Making Decisions & Finding your Compass

Turning Inward
During this difficult and uncertain period of US history, it's important for each of us to create firm yet permeable psychological boundaries. Certainly we all need to attend to the news of the day, and base our decisions on the reality of the economy. But, at the same time, we need to focus our questions inward, because our answers won't come from outside of ourselves. Each of us needs to understand our own path in life, and create goals to help us move along that path. It becomes difficult to make decisions that we can live with if we allow the chaos of the economic landscape to drive our decisions.

True North Points To Us
Although we're now living our lives with a heightened awareness of our slumping economy, our process for moving through decisions, be they business or personal decisions, is the same process that guides us through any situation. This process is known as reading our internal compass. There's no "right" way your compass should be pointing, because even though we each travel through the same landscape, the way we travel will be unique to our own circumstances and experiences.

Patterns of Behavior
The key to reading our internal compass is that we need to understand our own behavioral patterns. The more awareness we have about what we're doing and how we're doing it, the more clearly we can read our compass. There's nothing like unconscious behavior to blur our vision of ourselves. And, without clear vision, we also can't see how others experience us, which is a vital part of personal growth.

Our internal compass is always there, and our task is to learn how to read it and follow it regardless of what's going on outside of ourselves. For many of us, the art of reading our internal compass involves developing and integrating specific parts of ourselves. For example, an individual who is learning how to take care of their physical body through diet, exercise, and adequate sleep, will experience these new activities as awkward and time consuming. Ultimately, though, as these new behaviors become integrated into the individual's daily life, their internal compass will have a broader and deeper space for measuring their journey.

For each of us, regardless of what's going on in the world, understanding our internal compass is key to guiding us in the direction we need to go.

Free Phone Consultation
For those of you who haven't worked with me, but are interested in learning how to focus on moving forward during these challenging times, I'm offering a free phone consultation during the month of November. I hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to start creating insights that lead to profound change!