Easy for you to say

Both action and inaction have inherit risk. When the risk of not taking action is equal to or greater than doing so yet you still hesitate to act, it may worth assessing the psychological and emotional components involved.

The below depiction is inspired by a commonly practiced form of therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). On the far right end of the spectrum you have the "reasonable mind" grounded in logic and facts. On the far left end you have the "emotional mind," taking into account personal emotions and feelings from past experiences. Somewhere in the middle lies the "wise mind" unique to each circumstance and individual.

The wise mind is the interplay between logic and feeling, rational and emotional. Finding your wise mind is unique to each individual and likely varies from situation to situation. Previously discussed "big picture" mentality and intuition come to mind when trying to put a finger on the wise mind. Value oriented and life enhancing, decisions coming from the wise mind strive to enable the best outcome with all factors considered.

There are many ways someone may choose to address and assess difficult circumstances. It is not uncommon for someone to feel like few understand their position and feel overwhelmed by the thought of action, fearing the wrong choice may be made. Skin in the game, that being equal assumption of risk and consequences (in this instance the advice giver and implementer) is rare to come by. In pursuit of quality advice from outside sources, we often neglect the taking the time to quiet the mind, reflect on the past and future and tap into our wise mind.


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