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Trusting Yourself

April 15, 2010

Scott Levitt wrote a post this week about trusting your gut.

Do you trust yourself? There is surely a time to gather advice and opinions and survey others about their experiences. But there is a point when, as Levitt says, “perpetual caution can lead to decision paralysis” and when your procrastination becomes disguised as “gathering all available options.” Consensus has its place, but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and trust yourself.

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
-William Shakespeare

Human behavior is irrational. We say we want something, and we do something else. Perfect example: we say we want to lose weight, but we don’t work out or eat healthy foods. What do we expect? Author Steven Pressfield explains this contradictory behavior through the idea of Resistance. He argues that we have two lives: the life we live and the unlived life within us. Resistance is what stands between the two.

re·sist·ance [ri-zis-tuh ns] –noun
1. The act or power of resisting, opposing, or withstanding.
2. The opposition offered by one thing, force, etc., to another. 

“Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty and disease… and makes us less than we are and were born to be.” Steven Pressfield

Resistance isn’t going away. It leads you to a place where you realize you’re going nowhere and you don’t know where to go. It’s up to you to figure out how to face Resistance and ignore it. Real estate will undoubtedly put you in situations where you can give into crowd thinking and procrastination. It will also present you with situations in which you can trust yourself and forge your own path.

What will you choose: Resistance or yourself?

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 23, 2010 3:02 am

    Thanks for a great blog. I choose….MYSELF! of course!!


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