Noise is everywhere these days — TV, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, traffic, neighbors, etc.
Take Instagram, for example — anything you want to learn about any topic is being shared on IG, both in posts & stories (and now highlights), from the “best” self-care tips to the “best” ways to parent to the “best” ways to style your new fall boots.
And there are self- and mass-appointed gurus and influencers for every topic I named above, plus many, many others.
So who do you listen to?
Recently I’ve discovered probably 10 new, amazing, successful businesswomen to follow. Luck (I’m a pretty lucky person as far as serendipity goes, not gonna lie) has had a lot more to do with it, actually, and I truly believe they’ve helped influence my plans for the future (which are BIG, lemme tell you).
HOWEVER… following so many amazing women has left my head a bit jumbled, to say the least. Who’s the best to follow for advice re. X, Y, or Z? And what about this new sparkly thing that I just found out about? How does it fit in?
Because the AD- oh shiny! struggle is REAL.
I love these ladies and will continue to follow them for their wise advice, and a couple will/have become my mentors, but there comes a time when you have to shut off the noise and turn inward.
Separately they’re not noise, they’re amazing, powerful women with beautiful stories and experience, but together they’re NOISE. And a lot of it.
When you find yourself scrolling through IG or watching story after story and seeing ALL THE THINGS you want to have, be, and do, it’s overwhelming and it’s NOISY. Sooooo much overwhelm. Holy balls.
I’ve had some big changes I’ve wanted to make for awhile but all I could hear in my head, just like “Noise,” the Kenny Chesney song says, was noise. I had so many ideas competing for space in my brain, from business advice to life questions to full-time job stuff, that I haven’t been able to think clearly.
It’s similar to brain fog but instead of not being able to grasp a single idea b/c all of my ideas felt too far out of reach, when I dipped into my brain for an idea or suggestion I ended up with too many to count. Tons of ideas, vying for attention in my brain. It was too much.
I couldn’t keep them straight, they all wanted to be the next thing I did, they all (well, mostly) seemed totally valid.
Add in the fact that I’ve had tinnitus (a constant, high-pitched ringing in the ears that works really hard to block ALL thinking, let alone focus) forEVER and holy shit, I started to lose it.
So I made a decision. I’m going within.
I’m turning off ALL reminders on my phone, shutting out ALL the noise, and I’m going to listen to myself.
What do I need?
What do I feel guided to do next, and how?
What is my intuition (which is spot on, btw, when I’m listening) telling me to do?
I believe in my God-given intuition (or the Universe, maybe your angels or spirit guides, whatever divine power or being you want to call it).
No more experts, no more suggestions on sales funnels (if you don’t know what those are, consider yourself lucky), no webinars, no suggestions on the best ways to relax in the bathtub (and if you’ve read any of my other posts you know that for me there aren’t any), nada.
I’m going to sit in stillness (ironic that AS I wrote that my phone started ringing…), take a few long, deep breaths, ask a question, listen, and do what my intuition tells me to do.
What about you? Where are you running into issues with noise, what are you struggling with, and how do you like to shut out the noise and focus (or what would you like to do moving forward)? I’d love to know, so please share below! (and yay, that rhymed! 🤦🏼♀️…)