I’m talking about major life decisions regarding your life path, career, relationships, health... you name it.
As someone who’s had to make a lot of hard decisions throughout my life, I understand how stressful and anxiety-inducing decision making can be. At times, it can feel like clarity is so far out of reach. However, if we really take the time to look within and acknowledge what’s really important to us, we can find clarity, make our decisions, and feel the sweet relief that comes with finally making a decision – especially when it’s the right one!
It’s really common for us as humans to seek validation from others when it comes to, well, pretty much anything. Many people have trouble making decisions on their own, and look to loved ones and friends for advice and answers. However, what matters at the end of the day is how you feel about your decision. Internal validation is more important than external validation.
This goes for opinions and facts from others as well as the ones that come from within. Opinions and facts are usually very different. Opinions are usually emotionally driven, whereas facts are more objective. When someone presents you with their two cents, ask yourself, “Is this their own opinion, or a fact?” Don’t let opinions, especially ones that aren’t backed up with facts, lead you in the wrong direction. Do the same thing with your own thoughts. Label them as opinions or facts, and go from there.
Not sure where to start with finding your own internal validation? Well, dive deeper into your soul to learn more about yourself and what you want. Journaling and freewriting can be great, but if you need some guidance, here are some ideas of questions you can ask yourself. Use them as journaling prompts if you’d like.
Meditation is a great tool for many aspects of life, and finding clarity is no different. The meditative practice of stillness can help you get more in tune with yourself. Additionally, this can help quiet your mind when you’re so overwhelmed by external factors and the situation that you’re hoping to get clarity on. Taking the time to quiet your mind and practice mindfulness can help you think more clearly in non-meditative states. Guided meditations on YouTube focused on finding clarity are also a great resource.
You know yourself better than anybody else does. You understand your needs and your desires better than anyone else. Listen to your gut, and acknowledge your intuition. Your inner knowing is more important and useful than what anyone else could share with you. Always remember that.
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