'The Next Right Thing' * Session #2

Welcome back, my dear decision-making companions!

Together, we're paging through The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions.  For years, Emily Freeman's work has held a special place in my heart.  I view her as a wise mentor, personally and professionally {without her even knowing it}.  She lends the kind of joyful, perceptive vision that makes life's hiccups and challenges seem less overwhelming and more possible.  The girl sparkles with heavenly wisdom and subtle humor that never is forced or phony.  

And now to share her book with you all here in this space?  Icing on the cake.

In Session #1, we mulled over three questions  
Am I being led by love or pushed by fear?
In the last season, what was life-draining?
And what was life-giving?

Good stuff.

Be sure to take a minute or two to watch Emily's book trailer {she's so cute} ... and while you're there, do a quick scroll down to take her free What's your decision-making style quiz.  What fun!

It's not too late to grab your hardcover here or your Kindle edition there.  We're only touching on 8 of 24 subjects in our four sessions together.  Yet there's so much more in this book to discover, to savor, to choose to act on.  I encourage you to grab your own personal copy.  {Yes, I receive a small commission from Amazon if you buy through these links.  Thank you very much.}

Here we go, gang ...

Chapter 12
Be Where You Are 

'Sometimes our minds need time to process our realities, even when our reality is obvious to everyone else.  No amount of lecturing or explaining will ever help us to see something until we're ready to see it for ourselves.'

'When we don't admit or become aware of our current life situation, we will continue to have expectations of ourselves and of other people as if things are as they've always been, when, in fact, they are not.  When we're unaware of where we are, we can't possibly make informed decisions about where we want to go.  This leads to an inability to discern our next right thing.'

'Here are a series of questions to ask as a way of naming what is true.  Answer them without judgment, condemnation, anger, blame, or shame ... sometimes we need someone to remind us to simply be with what's true without trying to change it, fix it, or put a spin on it to make it sound better or worse ...
-  Have you recently started a new position, been given more responsibility at work, or been passed over for someone else?

-  Have you had an injury or a sickness that has changed your energy level or ability in some way?

-  Are you having work done in your house for renovation or upkeep, and has this brought extra people into your home at odd times?

-  Does someone close to you need more now than they have in the past?

-  Is a child or a loved one struggling with anxiety?  Sickness?  Heartache?  Pain?

-  Are you waiting for results that are out of your control?  How long have you been waiting for those results?

-  Have you added something new to your schedule without taking anything away?'

Chapter 14 
Stop Collecting Gurus

'As I combed through my inbox, past all of the advice and instruction, results and evaluation tools, I noticed my breathing became more shallow and my head started to ache.  The problem wasn't the courses, or the email series, or the updates.  The problem was I had too many going at once.  I was trying to listen to way too many of those voices at the same time.'

'We need to choose gurus or teachers or mentors who will offer plans that line up with the vision we already have for our life, our work, and our ministry.  If you don't know where you're going, specific directions won't really help, not until you see the big picture.   If you feel frustrated and pulled in many directions, it could be because you've been looking for advice about the journey even before you know or understand your hoped-for destination.'


Let's talk.  And no, you don't need to have read these chapters to ease right on in to the conversation.  You are welcome here ...

Chapter 15
Gather Co-Listeners

Chapter 17
Find a No-Mentor



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