Why is so easy to give advice to others but so hard to apply it to ourselves? We have no trouble telling a friend or loved one that they should end a bad relationship, yet we have trouble ending our own. How often have we advised others to follow their dreams but put our own on hold or worse never acted upon them. W. R. Alger, once said, “We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.”
What is it about human nature that makes us want us to sacrifice ourselves for other but not ourselves? While that is a noble deed and the premise of many fairy tales, that is not always beneficial in the real world. But I digress. Back to advice. To give advice is to give guidance , and haven’t we all given that at some point to someone in our lives or a stranger that has crossed our path. How many times have you given advice on the best direction to take based on your personal experiences? And I’m not talking about just driving directions either. Everyone who has ever experienced ANYTHING becomes an expert in SOMETHING. We all have taught Life 101 at some point, and whether we know it or not, we are all experts on one particular subject area, ourselves. Remember, the advice we so generously give others is applicable to ourselves. William Shakespeare, once said, “Those who school others, oft should school themselves.”
Go ahead and unleash your inner life coach. Listen and learn. The advice you receive may take you places you never imagined; show you things you never dreamed possible, or open doors you that you once thought were closed .