Are you listening to your internal GPS?

It may be time for you to consider if you are paying attention to your internal guidance system, meaning your feelings, to determine if you are on the right track with your life goals, relationships and purpose. It is too easy to “think” about what is right rather than “feel” what is right. If you are on the right path, doors open, good things happen, and the fun or pleasure of the journey is positive and self-reinforcing. If you are on the wrong path, the experience is quite different. You may feel stunted, blocked, unhappy, anxious or even depressed. So, what do you do?

What you do is pay attention to your inner compass and GPS. Through experience and engagement, you will know what is right for you and is working. The GPS will readily remind you that something isn’t right when you get the message, “recalculating.” 

Take time to examine your definitions of fun, success, personal or professional strengths and proceed accordingly. Consider if your work truly fulfills you. Are you having enough fun in your life? How are your primary relationships going? With loss of intimacy, ongoing conflict or problems, you may be ignoring your inner GPS telling you to change direction. Remember that you can’t changes someone else or make them responsible for your happiness. However, if you change and take responsibility for a new direction, then you are in control and can take charge of your destiny. Your feelings are your navigational compass. Are you listening? Do you need to change direction? Self-exploration is a great way to find out. Join a group, take a class, stretch yourself, learn something new, get more social and above all, “change before you have to.”

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Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.