I sometimes come across conflicting advice when I research the latest in Coaching, Psychology etc. Some experts tell you to go with your gut and do what feels right, others say you need to stick with your goal and push through no matter what.
So what’s correct?
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Is your goal still right for you?
There’s an easy process to find out whether you’re only going through a rough spot, or whether your goal is no longer right for you. What you do is visualise your goal – not the current trouble, but the overall goal – and then see how it feels inside.
Do you feel expansive or excited at the thought of your goal, or tight, tense, contracted? Your gut reaction tells you all you need to know.
Steps to take
1. Practise Self Care
Find out what you really need, and fulfill that need. Be gentle with yourself, take time to rest, meditate, do whatever you need to get back on an even keel. Listening to yourself and taking things slowly can get you further than powering through.
2. Change your approach
When you work on something with dedication, it can sometimes give you tunnel vision. If you feel resistance, a change in your approach could work wonders. It’s often an outside view that can give you the best idea, so ask your Coach or a good friend or teacher; they often see the obvious step we never thought of.
3. Develop discipline
There definitely is a case for discipline, too. Sometimes you just have to push through in order to see results! However, it doesn’t always have to be an 8-hour day for your goal or passion. Set yourself one hour, or 1 1/2, and really stick with those, no matter if it’s what feels right at the time.