How to Follow Your Inner Guidance & Let Go of Other People's Opinions | Blog

Letting Go Of What Other People Think

“May you lead with your creative power and imagination, and without second guessing yourself.” -Octavia Raheem

How do we quiet the noise of other people's opinions, nosiness, and judgments? How do we stay connected to the inspiration and clarity of our path?

People have opinions about things. They have opinions about you. They have opinions about what you're doing and, at times, may question your motives or decisions or think they know what would be better for you.

I have found that most of the time, people are excited and genuinely curious about others, their lives, and how it all unfolds. However, what can trip us up are the ones that have false enthusiasm or a more critical, questioning vibe.

In those encounters, we can get sidetracked and disconnected from the feeling of our own inspiration and clarity. Getting reactive or second-guessing ourselves when this happens is normal and understandable.

In those moments, how do we come back home to our inner knowing?

We let the noise of our minds settle and reconnect to our truth – to the wisdom designed for us – for our unique path and way.

We give ourselves grace and compassion while cultivating our ability to tune out what is not for us and allow our inner guidance to take the lead in our lives. We move forward and put our faith in our inner compass over other people's opinions, ideas, or what's worked for them.

Trusting ourselves, trusting the nudges, requires we step into them. Wisdom reveals itself along the way as we move through our lives.

Wisdom is there beneath the noise of our minds and reactivity. Following that wisdom, the knowing may take courage, but I have seen over and over again that the simple act of listening to and following through on your inner guidance builds more trust and confidence.

Every one of us has depths of creative potential within, and we access that potential by listening and following our inner knowing. We build our capacity to hear it by taking the next small step.

Your inspiration, inner impulses, nudges, or curiosities point you to the path that is tailor-made for you.

If we say yes to creative potential and allow our inner wisdom to guide our lives, we discover untapped potential, more joy, and fulfillment.

The path is crooked, and it's not always smooth, but the energy, power, and fulfillment of giving ourselves a chance, of following our way, does something for us. It fuels us. It empowers our next moves.

When we align to our truth, our unique way, and give ourselves permission for the messy middle, the revealing, and the learning, we become more empowered.

There is no greater use of our energy, time, or resources than to discover and connect to the wisdom within us that is coming through us and made for us.

Where is your inner nudge pointing you?

“Every one of us has depths of creative potential within, and we access that potential by listening and following our inner knowing.

Are you interested in exploring what's possible when you let go and allow your true self to take the lead in business and life? Check out the upcoming YOU BE YOU 2-Day Workshop I'm co-teaching with Michael Neill.

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Barbara Patterson is the owner of a global coaching and consulting company helping solopreneurs, entrepreneurs & leaders access more clarity, creativity, have greater impact and higher levels of fulfillment in work and life. She is the founder of Beyond Limits in Business, a global platform and community designed to point people to the source of human potential. That potential resides within and is experienced via our minds. Barb is also the host of the Real Business Real Lives podcast. You can follow Barb on Linkedin and Instagram. You can also subscribe to her weekly blog on her website at 



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