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I Don’t Have All The Answers (or Do I?)

Erik Personal Development and Lifestyle, Personal Growth, Thoughts of a Mastermind 4 Comments

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One of my favorite quotes of all time is “The only thing I know is that I know nothing at all.”

While I’ve read many books on personal development, psychology, investing, relationships, and exercise, I know I don’t know everything (and never will claim to know everything).

I’m smart enough to realize I don’t have all the answers. I’m smart enough to realize I’m not smart enough to solve every problem or know every fact.

When I approach something new and start to learn, I don’t care if I’m right or wrong. If I’m being me and being authentic, I can be present and I can learn.

That is a very key point here: I don’t care if I’m right or wrong.

I’ll trust my intuition. If I’m right, I’ll accept it. If I’m wrong, I’ll accept it.

As long as I am present in the moment, I’ll accept the consequences – positive, negative or neutral.

Consuming to Become Better

On this blog, I’ve talked a ton about the importance of taking action.  During the month of November, I’ve been turning inward quite a bit.

After some failures at the end of October, I took a deep look at myself and thought about what I wanted in life.

During this month, I’ve started to go down a few different rabbit holes and have been learning more about health and fitness, relationships, and business.

I’ve had to take a step back and think. I don’t have all the answers.

Since I don’t have all the answers, I need to find them and then, I will take action.

It’s okay to consume. It’s okay to say, “I don’t know the answer, but I’ll find it.”

This past Saturday night, I ended up reading until 2:15 AM. I was reading a book about a writer from LA who was writing his experiences living in a party house, his spiritual growth over time, and how he dealt with various social dynamics.

I have a list with a number of items to complete this week, but I knew I had a relatively free Sunday and could sleep in a little bit.

I was so tied up in this book and the great lessons I was reading that those list items could be pushed out a little bit. Relaxing, consuming and learning was necessary for me in that moment.

Did I ruin my routine? Yes.

Was I being present in the moment and doing what matters to me? Yes.

Did I get the things I needed to get done with the next day? Yes.

In the moment, I made a conscious decision to stay up and read. It was my choice. 

I told myself, it’s okay to consume, it’s okay to relax. Sometimes, action just isn’t coming and that’s okay.

You have all the answers inside of you

There is so much noise out there in today’s world.

As I sit here in typing this, I have 4 screens in my field of vision – two phones, and two computer screens.

I have headphones on and am listening to some music.

Earlier, I was scrolling through social media and started to feel empty inside. I was bored. I didn’t know what to do with my time.

From my yoga practices, I’ve learned it’s okay to be silent and to pause.

Meditation and silence have healing tendencies.

Next time you are mindlessly scrolling through your phone, turn off your phone, take a second to take a deep breath and pause. Think about how you feel in the moment – positive, negative, or neutral, all are fine emotions to experience.

Maybe in this moment, you have a little bit of anxiety around some uncertainty in your life. Pausing and taking a deep breath, what does your intuition say about your situation? What’s right for you to do?

You have the answer inside of you, and you have the ability to affect your perspective and day.

It might take some time to find it, but it will be there.

Trusting Intuition but Allowing for Uncertainty

There are very few things in this world which are completely black and white. Many things are a spectrum, and can experience a wide variety of outcomes.

One of my biggest pet peeves in this world are people who are so bound to an idea or thought that they can’t think for themselves, and cannot deviate even an inch from their beliefs.

The biggest tragedy in this world is when a person can’t think for themselves.

After reading this article, I’d just ask, when you have time, to calm your mind, pause and just think about some of the things going on in your life. Become self aware of your surroundings and yourself in the moment.

Are you feeling happy? Are you anxious? Maybe you are feeling a little sad, or joyful? Is there anything you could do to change these thoughts and feelings? Are there any questions you’d like to ask and give space for the answer to come to you?

It’s okay to relax the mind. You don’t always have to be on.

You don’t have to find the answer in the moment. Maybe it won’t come for a few days, weeks or months. It’s possible it’s not concrete, but a feeling or something with uncertainty around it. Maybe the answer is more learning and understanding!

You have a powerful brain and you can solve any problem.

By turning inwards, studying, asking the right questions, and using intuition, it’s possible to get closer to your goals.

Thank you for reading.

Erik

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Comments 4

  1. Sometimes, I am calm too much and need to be more outward. Do you ever feel that way? I don’t like breaking up my routine either, though I seem to do it often.

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      It is definitely good to get out into the world, try new things, get the perspective of others, and work that into your thoughts… these are all things I’ve tried to do lately because when I was younger, I never really tried to gain a better understanding and now I feel I need to catch up.

  2. Recently, I’ve let myself feel my feelings. Through therapy and getting to a place in my mental health journey where I could honestly sit with myself was huge and allowed me to realize I can feel without drowning in it. We check out and consume excessively because we don’t want to feel it so when we have the ability to do so, it’s huge.

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      It’s so true that we consume because we don’t want to feel. That’s what has been very powerful about becoming more self-aware. If I’m upset, how can I punch a pillow, go on a walk, or meditate to relax. If I’m happy, how can I bring others into my light and celebrate!

      I’m very happy you’ve been able to talk some more steps towards your goals. Sounds like you are doing great, but it is a process. I struggle with a lot of things too, but know it can improve 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by and the comment!

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