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Trust Your Experience, Talent, and Instinct

By Paula Beadle

There is no roadmap to our new collective experience. We are all learning how to manage the practicalities and heartaches of a pandemic. Yet for now, in life and in business, we couldn’t have planned for this moment. No matter how effective and in command we were yesterday, today is a whole new game.

As my own shock and acceptance to the pandemic began to set in, I decided to begin each week with a word that encapsulated how I was feeling and how I wanted to show up for my family, friends, colleagues, community and you. First was Optimism, then Hopeful, last week Reality, and this week  TRUST.

I’ve felt bombarded with conflicting information and opposing suggestions, and at times I’ve struggled to find clarity, remain focused, and take action. Until I realized the information and suggestions are just input, and that I needed to trust myself. In our search for information and ideas how to move business forward, I wanted to remind you that the right answers are within you.

Over the past few weeks I’ve also been asking myself and others, “what does leadership look like right now and who is writing the playbook?” The answers have been as varied as you would imagine. After considerable contemplation and googling Mark Cuban, it’s clear we must trust ourselves and support others in their effort to trust themselves.  The answer is to write your own playbook by trusting yourself, your voice, and your instinct.

TRUST YOURSELF. Trust that you will make the right decisions at the right time. Trust that if you create space, the right answers for you will emerge. In your search for information and ideas on how to move business forward, in your pursuit of someone who has the answers and will tell you what to do, I want to remind you that the right answers are within you.

TRUST YOUR VOICE. Trust the importance of your singular and powerful voice. This is, after all, the only thing you can truly manage. Consider how you want to use your voice to show-up for your colleagues and community. I’m using my voice to share information, inspire creativity, and provide optimism. I’m also listening to my internal voice encouraging me to use this time to reflect, plan for the future and just simply be present.

TRUST YOUR INSTINCT. Your instinct is powerful, let it guide your choices. Resist the urge to question your decisions. Your feelings and actions are your choice, honor them by standing-by your decisions. This practice will lead to self-trust. Your instincts are formed by a lifetime of implicit and explicit knowledge and deserve to be respected. If you don’t have the answer, if one is not in your gut, pause until the answer becomes instinctive.

However trust manifests in your life, I encourage you to trust yourself, your voice and your instincts. You have the power to instill confidence, momentum, and inspire those around you. As Mark Cuban, an expert in successful playbooks, said, “What I’ve learned in these 11 years is you just got to stay focused and believe in yourself and trust your own ability and judgment.”


About the author: Paula Beadle is the CEO of Caravel Marketing, a national consulting company specializing in sponsorship marketing, and the founder of Sponsorship Mastery, an annual summit and programming dedicated to improving individual and organizational sponsorship performance. She is a results-driven trailblazer with a proven record of developing smart strategies and creatively connecting the right partners. Paula has helped iconic events and major brands achieve their goals through innovative sponsorship initiatives, generating incremental revenue and successfully coaching thriving teams, executives and boards.