We all get stuck at times in knowing what the “next best step” is in a moment. Sometimes we get stuck because of fear or anxiety, sometimes because of anger, sometimes because just feel lost. We can be faced with a decision and feel like we do not know what path to take, which can be frustrating and overwhelming.
You might be faced with a decision at work-to take the promotion or stay put, to let an employee go or give them once more chance. In your relationship, you might be faced with a choice-to have a hard conversation or to let it go, to start showing up differently for your partner or to stay the course. In your personal life, you might be conflicted about starting something new or not or about speaking up about something difficult to a friend or leaving it be. Now, think about facing decisions coming from a place of love and using love as your compass to choose a direction in a difficult moment. Think about what the word love encompasses for you…it can encompass characteristics like understanding, trust, empathy or warmth. Love can be directed at someone else, or it can be directed at yourself. Using love as a compass to help make a decision in a difficult situation does not mean the outcome is necessarily going to be experienced as pleasant, but it can allow you to make a decision or show up in a decision with a positive anchor.
Now, think about a decision you are faced with, either now or in the past, and ask yourself…if I do use or had used love as my compass, what choice will I make or would I have made? Would I have made the same choice or a different choice in a past situation?