Why Should You Make More Decisions with Your Heart
Elusive Success?If you’re reading this article, you may feel that you are not as successful as you’d like. You could be like a friend of mine (that I’ll call Sam). Sam makes good money, but she’d like to make more so she can take a trip each year, pay off her car-- those kinds of things, nothing extravagant. In her personal life she’d like to feel happier. Something seems missing.
If you Google “tips for success,” you’ll get results like these (the top results for me in March, 2018)
- 10 Tips to Achieve Anything You Want in Life
- 5 Real Life Tips for Success
- Richard Branson’s Tips for Success
- 21 Tips for Young Aspiring Entrepreneurs
- 10 Great Tips for Success in Both Life and Business
|I did not follow my heart and buy these|
Following your heart is exactly what you should do. Very counter-intuitive, I know.
Following your heart, your gut, and your head.
|"Please take me home..."|
You may be tempted to throw jealousy, hatred, and anger into this mix. They are NOT “heart.” They are jealousy, hatred, and anger. I’m not going to make decisions based on those emotions. That is courting disaster.
The Year of HeartI’m going to try another grand experiment on myself. The last time I did something like this, I called it “The Year of the Phoenix.” You can read about my adventures here. The Year of the Phoenix was about trying new things and taking risks... It is how I ended up getting murdered by a giant bunny rabbit on stage at a comedy festival. Yeah... really. The "Year of Heart" is about approaching decisions based on what I feel is right, rather than on what my head tells me to do. I embark on April 1, 2018 and proceed until March 31, 2019.
How Does it Work?Here’s my protocol:
- Decide whether a decision aligns with my heart.
- Evaluate it with my gut. What does my intuition say?
- Evaluate it with my mind.
- If all agree I’m good.
So, what’s different here? Well, if the heart and gut agree, I’m going to let them overrule the mind. I find that my mind is overly pessimistic and risk averse. It needs to be tamed. I’m going to live a year with this methodology and see what happens. I’m going to lead with my heart, take advice from my gut, and only use my head to prevent catastrophe.
We’ll see what happens...
Why don’t you join me?Send me an email or message on social media. Tell me how your year is going by applying this method. I don’t think it will all be peaches and cream or that I won’t make mistakes. What I’m hoping for is to see if I make better decisions that lead me down a path with more fulfilling experiences and a more vibrant life.
Often the journey is more important than the goal. I hope that living by heart, I will better enjoy the journey and not get so hung up on the end goal.
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Here’s the top advice from the “success” articles I found on Google. Suffice it to say, there is a lot of “follow your passion” and “plan” kind of stuff in there. The most noteworthy:
- Stop being nice to yourself
- Get rid of distractions
- Don’t rely on others
- Sweat the Small stuff
- Positive input
- Focus on the big problems
- Follow your dreams
- Make a difference
- Believe in your ideas
- Have fun
- Don’t give up
- Add value
- Be extraordinary
- Start now
- Hunt for good mentors
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