Why you should trust your judgement and decisions
Introducing the Green Bin Theory which explains If you're a wolf, a sheep or a sheepdog—and why it matters.
Here's why you should trust your judgement and decisions. I call it my Green Bin Theory.
A couple of questions first: Are you a sheep? Wolf? Or sheepdog?
If everyone does something, does that make it okay? How do we know what is right or wrong? How do we not follow what society deems okay?
How do we follow our own path when everyone has their opinion of what we are expected to do?
It's easy, right?
I don't think it's as easy as you might think.
When you're thinking about why you should trust your judgement and decisions, remember that nobody who broke the mould ever had it easy.
Our greatest inventions were questioned. Our greatest thought leaders were labelled dreamers or weirdos or plain crazy and told their vision was impossible.
Only a short time ago, slavery and segregation were normal. Smoking was seen as good for health. 20 years ago when I started yoga, I was the only man in the class.
Which brings us back to my Green Bin Theory.
Here's how it works. You believe it's green bin day, so you wake up early and head off to take it out—but everyone else has put their recycling bin out.
You start to question whether you have your days mixed up, and question how all these people could have it so wrong. So then you start to question yourself: 'Is it me, or is it them?'
At that moment, you have a choice: go with the masses or trust you have your days right.
Who knows why everyone has put the wrong bin out on that day—someone could have put the wrong bin out first and everyone followed—but whatever the reason, it's on them (and we can have compassion if not understanding for their choices.)
How do we trust ourselves and ensure our message, attitude and beliefs are not comprised by the influence of society or the media?
There are a few ways. Let me know your own ideas in the comments below.
Standing strong and holding true to yourself despite all the noises takes a whole lot of courage.
To walk the path less travelled and pave the way for others, you have to trust and believe it can be done.
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