Sometimes you don’t know which decision is the best for your clients to make.
Sometimes you’re just as lost as they are.
And sometimes, that’s okay.
Why You Don’t Like Not Knowing
Everyone likes knowing what to do and what to say.
You like being in control. Or, more specifically, you like the lack of ambiguity.
When you have direction, it feels like you’ve got something to offer to your clients. They’ve got a good reason to keep coming back to see you.
You’re useful and have purpose.
But You’re Not All-Knowing
Despite your best efforts, you can’t always know what’s best.
Sometimes your client’s situation is just too overwhelming. Sometimes there’re too many variables or issues to tackle at once. Their pain is real and important and you still don’t know where to start.
That’s okay—because you’re not supposed to have all the answers.
Where You End And They Begin
Your clients have to go out, make decisions, and live with the consequences.
They are responsible for their own lives and stories.
You only have so much energy, and most of that should be spent trying to keep yourself as healthy as possible.
Don’t try to live their lives for them. It’s not your job to always save them from harm.
It’s your job to walk with them as they deal with their life—to provide guidance when possible—and compassion when painful.
Thanks to waltstoneburner for allowing me to use his Flickr image under the Creative Commons license.
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