"You have to master not only the art of listening to your head, you must also master listening to your heart and listening to your gut." Carly Forina
Listening is a great art form that each of us must master. But as equally as important as listening, learning "What not to listen to, Who not to listen to, and When not to listen" is just as important. The most fulfilled people in life have mastered this art. And yes you can learn not to listen.
This morning I was thinking about ALL the times I choose not to listen and it has been the best thing I ever learned to do. When I decided to leave college and join the Army, almost every one told me it was the wrong choice. I heard everything under the sun as to why I should not join, why I should continue to play football and pursue a professional sports career.
Now let me interject something here, most people that are telling you not to start your business, not to quit school, or to give up on your dream are people who LOVE you, they want the best for you. However, they are not the ones that keep hearing that small still voice that keeps following you around telling you it's TIME!!!
Well, I didn't listen and joined the Army. One of the best decisions of my life. Let me tell you a funny story connected to this decision. My wife Kristie and I grew up maybe 20 minutes away from each other in California and NEVER saw or met each other. My first month at my new duty station, we met in GERMANY!!! Here we are 17 years later with two beautiful children. I know some may say, that we would have met eventually, I'm not sure. But how ironic we met 8000 miles away from home.
Another time I decided NOT TO LISTEN was when I made a choice not to re-enlist into the Army and start my consulting company. Once again many well attended people tried to persuade me not to leave the Army, it was safe, I was fast tracking and would make a great leader. I rose to the rank of Sergeant in just two years, and was carving out a great career, but in my heart, I knew I was suppose to be doing something different.
"The worst thing in life is to have SUCCESS at the WRONG THING"
I once again decided NOT TO LISTEN. A decision I thank God for everyday, given me the courage to make that life transforming decision.
My life is now filled with these NOT LISTENING moments that have transformed my life. What do you need to stop listening to, who do you need to stop listening to, so you can start living your GENIUS LIFE?
I CHALLENGE you today to STOP LISTENING!!!
Do you have some "Stop Listening Moments" that have transformed your life? Please share. Also, share this post, it may help someone SOAR into their GENIUS LIFE!!!
Wishing You Nothing But A Genius Life,
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