Today’s quote of the week comes from American novelist, poet and playwright Gertrude Stein who said:

Let me listen to me and not to them.

Short, sweet and to the point this quote resonates with the base message I started Beyond Quarter Life in my first blog post, which focused on the typical life blueprint or what society tells you to do.

In this quote Gertrude is granting herself the permission to listen to her own heart. To value what she is saying about her life and what she wants to do more than what others will say.

It’s a great remainder to give credence to our own voice, for it knows better than anyone else on the planet what truly matters to you. Too often in our lives we get bogged down by conventional wisdom or the sage advice of respected friends and family, and neglect to listen to what is going on in our very own head and heart.

There is an intrinsic knowledge of what feels right or what feels wrong for our lives that we have all been gifted with at birth. It stays with us forever, but what are not gifted to us are the skills to listen to those feelings. That is a skill that needs to be fostered and trained.

The key component to building that skill is giving yourself permission to listen to YOU. That is the crux of Gertrude Stein’s quote… permission to listen.

Who have you been listening to this month? This year? This decade? Look back on the decisions you’ve made and see if they were made because of what other people told you or because of what you told yourself?

Reflect upon your answers, explore them fully and listen to what YOU have to say. You may just find some answers that you’ve been looking for, for a long while.

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