Today I received a call from a potential client with whom I was in touch with pretty much every day over several days and then...nothing. I had left a message a week ago to see what she had decided and she did not call me back. And then I got busy with other calls, other clients, my own personal life, etc. I decided to get in touch with her Monday, it's right there on my day planner!
And then she called me, all apologetic that she had not returned my call. Her husband had to have emeregency surgery, etc. That's when I realized that my "inner voice" had helped me in this situation. If I had called her, pressed her for a decision, etc. she would probably have gotten irritated with me for putting pressure on her at a bad time. She might even have said, "sorry, I can't do this right now" and who knows if I would have heard back from her.
Instead she complimented me on my professionalism, she had heard good things about me, and we are meeting this coming week to decide our next step.
So where I had felt vaguely guilty at not calling her again during the week, I now feel great that she respects me a lot, and that she is now ready to make a decision next week.
This phone call made my day! I hope that my inner compass keeps pushing me in the right direction.