It is rare that we will ever know everything we need to know before we make a significant career – or life – decision.
Sure, we can gather data and information, do our due diligence, and make reasonable inferences. But what if things are still unclear? At some point trust and faith have to kick in, that everything will turn out ok in the end. If it doesn’t, its not the end yet.
A very interesting truth about living on this planet is that we don’t have perfect information or perfect visibility. Ever. No matter how much we think, re-think, analyze, and evaluate every possible criteria, options, possibilities, probabilities, and scenarios, we cannot totally be sure of anything. This is true for the future of our jobs and career paths, as much as for our personal lives.
And yet, every day we are called on to make decisions – large and small – in spite of this information asymmetry. Should I leave my job or seek a promotion? Go to graduate school? Switch careers? Start a business? Start a family? What to do?
If I got a dollar for every time a client says to me, “But what should I dooooooo?” and $500 for answering it, I’d be Tony Robbins. But am not. So I trolled the internets for help and put together the following list of twenty affirmations to help my clients. And to help my own hyper-anxious mind.
1. I have good intuition and a good heart that guides me.
2. I am capable of making good choices.
3. I am resourceful and resilient; I can bounce back if I make a mistake.
4. I draw from abundant reserves of inner strength.
5. I unequivocally trust my own mind.
6. I am a unique person in this world with a unique set of gifts and circumstances.
7. I matter and what I have to offer this world also matters.
8. I accept some inner conflict and anxiety on a major issue as a good sign.
9. I know that this situation will ultimately work out.
10. I can muster up a little more hope and courage just for today.
11. I can focus on hopeful and helpful ways to look at this problem.
12. I listen to all feedback and input with gratitude and careful attention.
13. I see how the wear and tear of difficulties I encounter make me stronger in the long run.
14. I surround myself with people who love, respect, and treat me well.
15. I have the ability to leave any situation that is detrimental or unhealthy.
16. I have a choice in the work that I do in this world.
17. I can enlist the help of experts and get all the guidance I need.
18. I trust in my own ability to provide well for my own future.
19. I have the smarts and the wherewithal to get through this.
20. Every problem has a solution, and I will seek it with resolve.
We do what we can. We hope for the best.