Monica Marie Jones
Last night I was watching one of my favorite shows and during the episode one of the characters was faced with an opportunity to change the trajectory of her career. She had to choose between more money, or more meaning when it came to her work. She decided to take the pay cut and go with the work that fed her soul. As she was explaining her choice, she used the term Rock of Eye. I hadn’t heard of this before, so my love of learning new words and phrases prompted me to look it up. I found it to be a beautiful concept that was directly aligned with many of the conversations, readings, and thoughts that I’ve been engaging with lately. The basic premise is that we don’t always have to have precise answers or measures, we can trust our instinct and our experiences to help us make the best decisions. Here are some strategies to consider as you tap into your inner wisdom when faced with an important decision. Qualitative Research. In the book Rising Strong by Brené Brown she talks about a time in her academic career when more attention and credibility was given to quantitative research (numerical data or information that can be converted into numbers). She argued that there was just as much value if not more in people’s stories and experiences which would be considered qualitative research (textual or non-numerical data). The value that society places on numbers and measures may make us feel like we must find research to prove or define our choices, decisions, and actions for them to be valid or accepted. Your story and your lived experiences are just as valuable. Trust them and use them when you are faced with tough decisions. Transformative Relationships. In the book The Four Pivots by Shawn A. Ginwright he talks about the difference between transactional relationships and transformative relationships. So much of our work and even our personal lives have become transaction based. Do the task. Check off the to-do list item. Get through all the bullet points on the agenda. Fear of failure as well as being rewarded for urgency may override our instinct to take the time to form meaningful relationships with the people in our lives. In prioritizing productivity, we fail to make space for authentic human connection and belonging. If we prioritize relationships instead, we can achieve our goals faster and sustain our desired outcomes over time. Check in with people on a human level first before diving right into business to cultivate more transformative relationships in your personal and professional life. Intuitive Intellect. When I was in my coaching certification program, I was surprised to learn that one of the best practices when it came to coaching conversations with clients was tapping into our intuition. It’s typical for us to want to lean toward the proper steps and protocols because we want to do things well or right. Sometimes the best next step, question, or path to take comes from within. Trust your intuition, it knows what to do. This week I challenge you to turn within for the answers you have been seeking. Your inner wisdom will provide the guidance and direction you’ve been searching for. Manifestation Affirmations I trust the intelligence of my intuition. I am investing in transformative relationships. I am honoring the value of my story and my lived experience.
Master Your Mindset to Manifest a Life You Love. Most Sincerely, Monica Marie Jones Your Soul Journey Guide