Trusting the path

By Brian Schwartz

765 Words ~ 6 min. talk

Your most valuable resource is your time. Time is something that can never be restrained or saved up. Once it’s spent it’s gone forever. And every moment, like it or not, we lose it. Like an unstoppable army, time marches on. Where we choose to spend our time is the only aspect within our control. I love time because it’s the great equalizer. In the end, we all eventually run out of it.

We may strive to be more efficient, and doing so allows us to take on more. But when you stop and zoom out, many of us find that we’ve been heads down trucking down a path unintentionally.

The challenge of life (and the fun) is to find the a path leads to the fulfillment of our heart’s desire. When you are on the right path, you know it. Life is good, and you feel in control of your destiny and in your happy place. But I’m sure there are times you aren’t so sure, and you question if the path you are on is the right one.

When the comfort ends, the challenge begins.

Trust that the path you are on is the right path. Period. No matter where you are, know that you made the best decision you possibly could with the information you had at the time you made it. Everything is perfectly as it should be for you in this moment. Every day is a learning experience. Every day we make progress. Even when you are frustrated with your results, believe me when I tell you from my heart that we are all exactly where we should be.

Is your expectation that you must make the 'right' decision holding you back from making a decision that would move you forward?

This leads to a point I want to make about experience vs. education.

I have achieved far more in my life as a result of experience than I have from education. Granted, we do need education to give us the confidence to take action and thus gain experience. The amount of education we need to take before action varies for each of us. I’ve discovered that those with higher self confidence will take action with less education. Less self-confident people need more education before they take action and gain that valuable experience that makes all the difference.

Doug Odell – founder of Odell’s Brewing in Fort Collins is probably one of the most self-confident individuals I’ve ever met. He was the catalyst of the mega microbrewery industry in Fort Collins because he was the first to take action (when no one else would).

When I voluntarily dropped out of corporate welfare in 2008, there was far more I had to unlearn than there was to learn. As a first time author, I needed experience. I had already learned everything I needed to know – what I needed was more experience. More experience, greater self-confidence, and better intuition.

With experience, comes intuition. The more experience we get in an area, the more our intuition will guide us down the right path. I have learned that you rarely go wrong when you follow your intuition (your gut), as long as that intuition is rooted in real experience (and not blind faith).

But sometimes, new information gathered will be so compelling, and our quantitative mind takes command, and our actions follow. Then, for a split second, somewhere along the way our gut tells us otherwise. And we’ve all made those decisions we’ve kicked ourselves for later. At the time, they made perfect sense. The logic added up. But we also knew in our gut, something wasn’t quite right.

Trust your intuition. One of the unspoken and unteachable keys to success in life is having a strong intuitive muscle, and the faith to follow it.

Beginning today, I invite you to discover ways to build your intuition muscle.

Engaging with your peers, take action, and gain the essential experience to move your forward. The more you engage, the more you become. Everyday you can You can accelerate your experience through your participation in your spheres of passion. The more we support each other, the more successful we all become.

Our monthly meetings provide a unique opportunity to hear first-hand best practices rooted in reality, not theory. As new perspectives based on others’ experiences become evident, you will see the actionable steps you can take to create your own experience and tune to your own intuition.

Trust your intuition. Trust your gut. Trust in the perfection of the moment.