Whose advice are you heeding?

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My intention with each of these posts is that you’re challenged to interrupt the noise and routine in your life, just for a moment, to think more deeply about what really matters in life… your relationship with yourself and with others in your professional and personal life.

Action Summary

  1. Determine what areas in your professional and personal life you’d like to improve
  2. Identify trusted others to become mentors from whom you can seek advice
  3. Take intentional action, review results, adjust where necessary and celebrate success

The WHY:

While not forgetting what you’ve already achieved in your life (because being grateful for what we already have is good for our professional and personal wellbeing), what areas in your professional and personal life would you like to improve, and why would you like to improve in those areas?

These are powerful questions to help focus your intentional actions daily, because it’s your intentional actions that will lead to success in your professional and personal life.

You don’t know what you don’t know – none of us do. For that reason, it just makes sense to be constantly seeking advice from ‘trusted others’ to help you achieve the things you want to achieve and to be the person you need to be.

Who are your trusted advisers? What advice are you seeking? Who is achieving and living the kind of intentional, meaningful, flourishing and prosperous life that you could seek advice from?

These trusted advisers can often be found through the books they’ve written or their on-line resources they provide – who are you turning to for advice, wisdom, guidance and direction?

There are always plenty of people ready to give you advice. I am very thankful for this piece of advice from behavioural scientist, George W. Dudley, author of Earning What You’re Worth1, who once told me to “Be careful who you let near your mind”.

Not all advice however is good advice and although some people with all the right intentions may want to assist you, check that they have the wisdom, experience, character and capacity to do so.

As you take action from the advice you’re receiving from these trusted mentors, review your progress, adjust where necessary, and celebrate and share your successes.

Let me finish with a quote from Lewis Caroll who said:

“She generally gave herself very good advice,
(though she seldom followed it).”

My best to you for now, and remember when you intentionally improve the life of others in your professional and personal relationships, you set up the power of reciprocity … what you give out, you get back.

  1. Earning What You’re Worth: The psychology of sales call reluctance by George W. Dudley and Shannon L. Goodsen.
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