Don’t get me wrong. I believe in asking questions. I wrote a whole blog post about that.
But I also know that merely asking the right questions is not enough to get you moving forward.
At a certain point, you have to trust yourself enough to choose one direction and try it out.
This lesson really hit home for me last week when I had a business dilemma and I needed to find a solution. I googled and googled, but could not find the answer. And let me tell you, I’m close to an expert googler. So I figured that if google doesn’t have the answer for me I’m going to have to keep on looking. I turned to the kind and creative online community that I’m part of. Maybe there are real people out there who have “the answer”.
I posed my question to the group and got bombarded with replies. My question sparked a great discussion. People shared their varied opinions and experiences. Two lovely women even offered to meet me over Zoom and share with me everything they know on the topic. It was so wonderful meeting them, and I learned a whole lot!
After a couple of days the conversation finally died down and I was left with a whole bunch of answers.
What didn’t I have?
I still had no way of knowing what I “should” do.
The information I had gathered was helpful and it was good to consider all the available facts. The challenge was that there seemed to be too many answers.
I finally realized that, at the end of the day, I was the only one who could make this decision. No matter how many smart people I would consult, no one could make the choice for me.
We all come to similar crossroads at some point in our business journey.
Inevitably, there will be a time when you need advice and start researching like a crazy person. But eventually you will need to stop searching for a solution and recognize that the answer can only be found inside of you.
As Marie Forleo said,
“At the end of the day, you are your wisest advisor.”
So, stop waiting for THE answer. Follow your gut.
Whatever you choose will be a learning experience.