How To Tune Into Your Intuition

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.

As always, the audio version can be found on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Google Play.

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.

How To Live Your True Purpose

What is your purpose here? What is your truest desire? Your desires are the map to the life you really want to live.  However, from a very young age you have been conditioned to be fearful and taught to play it safe. Whether this conditioning has come from the bad news you see on TV or the stories from your parents – you are designed to live cautiously at risk of getting hurt (physically emotionally or even financially).

We see this all the time in day-to-day life. Anytime someone we know decides to take risks (travel the world, quit their job to follow a passion, etc) instead of being supporting we often caution them of the dangers.

  1. What if they get hurt?
  2. They will probably fail.
  3. What if they go bankrupt?

We are raised to “follow our dreams” but are later cautioned to take the safe route – get a good job and stick it out because it will lead us to happiness.

Now stop for a minute and imagine a world where the opposite were true.

Imagine if we supported people whole hardly in their pursuits.

When it comes to fear, you have no guarantee that the BAD things you fear are going to happen. In fact following your dreams could actually lead to something absolutely incredible, but you won’t know if you don’t try!

Here are my 3 tips for you to stop listening to everyone else, and start living your true purpose. As always you can find the audio version on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play.

1. Learn to Get Comfortable In It

What is “it” you ask? Well, “it” can be whatever you want. Your dream job, your dream relationship, your dream vacation… you can decide to go for it, whatever it is.

NEWS FLASH – your freedom is on the other side of fear. I am not saying quit your job and go frivolously spend 10k on a trip to Bali. I am saying that fear is likely the one major component holding you back from chasing whatever it is you want.

In order to fulfill the seemingly impossible dream, the first thing you need to do is get comfortable in the idea that anything is possible. You create your own reality. Decide what it is you want and decide that you are going to get.

2. Think to The Future

Start now by remembering a time you did something you were really scared to do. Whether it was bungee jumping, moving away from home for the first time, starting a job you weren’t even sure you were qualified for… Whatever it is – I want you to think back to that time!

How do you feel about it now?

It is funny how our fears are less scary looking back on… Something that nearly immobilized us at the time has us now thinking “Wow I can’t believe I was afraid of THAT!”

Now what I want you to do with whatever it is you are afraid, is pretend to look back on what it from a future you. You need to tell yourself, “I am going to do this, and it won’t be so bad.”

3. Break Down the Fear

Lastly, determine what part of your dream you are afraid of.

  • Is it failure for not being able to succeed?
  • Is it humiliation for even trying?

On the other hand, imagine you were to give up on the dream entirely. What could potentially happen?

  • Maybe sadness for never finding out if it was even possible?
  • Maybe humiliation for never having the guts to try?

Now you need to decide which of these two possibilities is worse.

Would you rather continue to live in mediocrity, or would you rather pursue success? (And yes potentially failure, but THINK of what you could learn!)

We are all so stuck in our comfort zones that we are afraid to move. Stop letting the fear of not doing whatever your dream is outweigh the fear of getting it done.

YOU CAN DO THIS.

Determine your dream, get comfortable in the idea that it is possible, think of how easy it will feel when it’s over and focus on breaking down what silly little thing it is that you are actually afraid of.

YOU CAN DO THIS. I CAN DO THIS. WE CAN ALL DO THIS.