First things first, I want to remind you that you have all been called to have an impact. Each and every one of us was put on earth for a specific purpose, with specific characteristics to fulfill that purpose.
As we grow older we are encouraged to decide our own destiny based on the knowledge we gained in the first 18 years or so of life. So we do it! We go to college, or university, or start working right away – set towards whatever path it is we consciously chose.
However, maybe what we decided would be our future, wasn’t what we were called to do. Have you ever felt that? Had expectations for something, decided to pursue it, and later realized that it wasn’t what you wanted? Even worse, maybe you started something, knew it didn’t feel right, and “stuck it through” anyway because it was “the right thing to do”. The problem is that we get stuck in what we know to be the norm and we cannot seem to shift beyond what we believe to be true about ourselves.
This week I am encouraging you to learn to listen to your recurring voice that is saying “maybe you should do this, or perhaps you can try this, or what if you change this”. I want you to learn to think about who were you designed to be not who you decided to be. I am offering 2 tips to tap into the gut instinct, that little voice inside your head (A.K.A your Intuition)m, which has been trying to tell you what you’ve subconsciously known all along.
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1. Tune In To How You Feel
You know when you start doing something you shouldn’t be and your chest gets tight or your stomach starts to hurt? It’s time to understand that these cues are your body guiding you. Your intuition is trying to tell you that something isn’t right.
No matter how good something might sound or seem, your intuition knows what is best for you on your path. Trusting this feeling can be especially scary when society has conditioned us to believe in particular things. You need to make the commitment to slow down, really feel, and more importantly listen to what your intuition is telling you.
The more you listen, the more good things will happen, and the easier it will become to trust it next time.
2. Pay Attention
So much of our lives are lived on autopilot. We wake up, go to work, get home, cook dinner, chat with a friend, go to bed, (or some variation of this) – rinse, repeat.
The problem with this is that if we move through life guided by habit, our intuition has no chance to step in. Therefore, it become very important to slow down from routine – even just a few times each day and really take a minute to see what is going on around us.
- How are people behaving?
- How are you feeling? Happy? Sad? Tired? Excited?
Appreciate each moment for what it is and learn to listen to why you are feeling a certain way. If a particular event, or action, or person has been causing a trigger feeling for some time now, it is important to listen to your body’s cue.
Our intuition uses information our conscious mind gathers through interaction and experiences. The more information our conscious mind gathers, the more insightful our intuition becomes. Like a lot of things, listening to intuition takes practice.
Sometimes we ignore our intuition thinking that we’re too busy, or that we have too many other things on our plate. It’s almost as if listening to our gut instinct is a luxury we don’t have the time or energy to afford.
NEWS FLASH – your intuition isn’t going anywhere, honey. The universe wants more for you and I encourage you to listen.
Life won’t always be perfect, but with your gut instinct as your sidekick, you’re a whole lot stronger and smarter than you think.