Six years ago this month, I was 100 pounds (or so) heavier, easing into this tippy toe diet and wondering where it would take me. The experts and their statistics said I wasn’t likely to succeed. Certain people in my life didn’t think I’d be successful. Heck, my own experience said I couldn’t carry it off, and it kept trying to remind me of that. Lots of voices competing for my attention.
Fortunately, I listened to my heart and instinct to find my way. Imperfectly and inelegantly, to be sure, but always returning to the belief that I had the answers I needed at the moment and that the remainder would surface at some point in time.
While I’ve (mostly) learned to manage my weight successfully, I still face doubts and fears in this and other areas of my life. I’m so grateful to have found Karen Gunton’s image above to remind me that the voices we listen to have the capacity to hold us back or to set us free.
I still value the voices of reason, logic, and experience, but I’m learning to listen for their synchronization with heart and instinct to point me in the right direction. (And I’m trusting the combination not to point me to a van down by the river. LOL)
Have you identified the voices competing for your attention? Got them sorted out into their proper places?