This world is filled with many different types of fabulous people. Here is the clincher: some of them think NOTHING like you and do not share your perspectives and vision. This is a wonderful thing because it allows things to be and remain interesting. If everyone thought alike, things would be boring. Although, there is a time and a place when it may be important to “consider the source.” It also can be tough when the people who think nothing like you are the people who you love and are close with.
When you’re looking for feedback or advice around an issue that is important to you, consider the source. What do I mean? I mean consider who you are talking with. For example, there have been times of my life when I have been thrown off track because of statements or sometimes just wording of how someone said something to me. Their words upset me, impacted me and I used them to doubt myself.
When you are discussing your dreams, opinions, passions or are just straight up talking to someone else, it can be important to be aware of who you are talking too. If you are not like minded and not interested in how someone is living their life, be aware not to cling to their every word. Take the conversation with a grain of salt. For instance if you want to be a photographer, perhaps taking advice of how to get there by a brain surgeon might be a bit off.
Considering the source particularly when you are confused or on the fence about an idea can be vital for you to succeed. It’s really important to protect yourself from the opinion’s and words of others when you are already shaky of your own direction. Be aware of people who make statements that can detract you from your own way.
It can be helpful to get clear on who the people are in your life that you identify and share common ground with. Even when you feel deeply connected, it’s still a good idea to take feedback or advice with a “grain of salt,” but even more so when someone that you are talking with is shutting down your dreams. There are some people in my life who I love, yet I am aware that they don’t think anything like me.
I know when I have a vision or dream I’m somewhat selective with who I’m going to share that with. I’m not looking to discuss my passions with people who have a tendency to be dream crushers. We have all heard the story of people who where told what their limits were. Hearing from another that you “can’t” accomplish something can be a huge set back or even stop you dead in your tracks. Sometimes what people say can really put a lid on how high you can jump and I, personally, am not a fan of that.
Words truly are powerful. It’s easy to forget how powerful they are. Be aware of who you are listening too. If they think, act and live their life nothing like you, make a mental note of that. When you are headed for a specific outcome, perhaps find someone to get advice from who has accomplished and is living the kind of life that you want. If you want to be an artist, make sure you’re talking to someone “artistic.” It’s important at times to find someone who speaks your language.