When was the last time you relied on Google for an answer?
I did not activate my data while I was in Germany, so when I needed to know something, it took extra effort to find the answer. I had to wait to till I had wifi or I had to ask Glen to take out his phone to search.
This extra effort opened up my mind to notice my constant urge to need to know right now and the discomfort of not being able to receive an answer right away.
When I don’t know something, I feel like there’s something missing. There’s a feeling of lack, a gap that needs to be filled. My brain then believes that the answer will satisfy this discomfort. It comes easily with Google, I get rewarded with the answer.
But what happens when I don’t receive the answer right away?
I can choose to feel empty and struggle with discomfort or; I can choose to be at peace with not knowing and continue to experience the present moment.
Glen and I decided not to check Google our first day in Berlin and allowed ourselves to experience the discomfort of not knowing where to explore next.
Not knowing allowed us to see the city in a different way.
Low and behold, we stumbled upon a Christmas Market which offered an experience more than we could ask for. It was exactly what we wanted.
What is something in your life that you are questioning and don’t have the answer to?
- Do you feel the need to know the answer right now?
- How does it make you feel when you believe “I need to know now?”
Do you need to know where you stand in a new relationship with someone?
How does this type of curiousity affect how you experience and show up in the present moment with that person?
Or perhaps, you need to know if you are making the right decision in your business to succeed?
How does the need to know affect your emotions about your business?
Do you move forward or do you stall?
Does the thought "I need to know now" make it easier or more stressful for you?
How would it affect your life if you knew how to be at peace with not knowing the answer before you started to take action?
I invite you to first experiment with your relationship with Google.
I invite you to challenge yourself not to check Google the next time you have a need to know.
Simply ask the question and allow the discomfort of the unknown lead you to the unexpected.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vanessa Leung is a Certified Mindset and Wellness Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Reiki energy practitioner and the founder of 80/20 Living & Co.
As a self-healer of over 30 years of doubt, guilt and fear, Vanessa is a living example of what the power of the mind can do. Through mind training and practicing self-compassion, she went from living a life feeling lonely, insignificant and depressed to a life of joy, freedom and abundance.
Vanessa teaches a simple and practical method to help ambitious and compassionate entrepreneurs to stop negative patterns and get sh*t done with ease. Her unique set of tools and techniques help her clients move beyond their fears and elevate their energy and confidence. That way, they can stop sacrificing their well-being and succeed in their business while living their best life.