The Price of External Justification

Using and allowing external justifications for relationships, situations or decisions carries an invisible cost: Your internal peace and joy.

Justifying anything with something external is a choice even when we don’t consciously realize we’re making that choice.

I did this myself for years with my marriage, work and professional relationships and clients. My own external justifications were often tied to what I perceived as the expectations of other people, real or in many cases only imagined.

Ignoring my internal wisdom exacted a price of my internal joy and peace since I wasn’t in alignment with what I wanted, needed, craved and was instead allowing my life experiences and decisions to be at the mercy of anything but my own internal truth.

Allowing external justifications to influence my decisions led to me living in a house I didn’t love (see How Sometimes a First House is Like a First Husband) along with many other less than joyful experiences.

External justifications are a crappy reason to do anything and they come with the silent but significant cost of internal joy and peace.

Throughout the home buying process, if something doesn’t feel right to you TRUST that. Even (maybe especially) if you can’t explain it. Using external justifications for any major life decision is a highway to regret, resentment and frustration. Trust yourself to know what is and what is not right for you.

By the way, this also applies to the very decision of whether to buy a home as well as whether to buy a home with another person. Homeownership isn’t ideal for everyone or for everyone all the time, and it’s never a decision that needs to include justification based on anything but your own preferences, needs, wants and desires.

Copyright©2017 by Diane McDermott, All Rights Reserved, “The Price of External Justification”

The content of this blog is the original content of Diane McDermott, NC Residential Real Estate Broker in Charlotte NC’s real estate market serving neighborhoods in Charlotte NC




About dianemcdermott

Joyfully divorced, Diane is passionate about sharing her story, experience, wisdom and insight from this beautifully brutal life. Passionate about heartfelt connection in all areas of her life she is a public introvert and most enjoys connecting with and spending quality time with friends, chosen family and clients that are uplifting and inspiring. Her core values of connection, humor, integrity, authentic alignment influence all aspects of her life. She is intentional in all that she does. Diane is the founder and owner of Between the Lines LLC Ghostwriting Services and McDermott Real Estate LLC
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