Self-Care Challenge (Day 313): Sitting with Ambivalence

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On day 313 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I sat with ambivalence.

Have you ever come face to face with an enormous decision, but felt paralyzed and unable to make a choice? Maybe you get hung up weighing the pros and cons, or maybe you’re afraid that you’ll make the wrong choice, so you stall for time. Whatever the root cause of ambivalence, most of us have experienced it.

And that’s exactly how I’ve been feeling since I met with my new business coach yesterday. (This is just one more example of why coaching is so beneficial.)

Having someone to serve as an impartial sounding board is critical for personal growth. Coaches repeat things they’ve heard us say – things we didn’t even realize we were thinking or feeling, much less saying out loud. Hearing our own words spoken back to us helps us identify what it is we’re really after, and sometimes the answer becomes obvious.

Sitting on the fence in a state of ambivalence can be useful – as long as we don’t stay there forever. But for now, I shall sit and ponder, weighing the pros and cons until I can arrive at a decision that is right for me.

What are you sitting on the fence about?

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