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 Stop The Overwhelm

Adulthood. Ugh, what a struggle. At some point, it has had us feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and out of balance. Between work life, home life, and personal commitments we are spinning. And at the end of the day the only one who can reel it back into equilibrium is you.

So how do you cut through the chaos and start creating and living the life you want?

This week I have compiled 3 steps that I use to help minimize the overwhelm of responsibilities and maintain my happiness, social life, and sanity. As always, the audio version can be found on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play.

1. Cut Out That Which is Not Necessary

Take a moment to reflect on your regular habits.

  • Do you require that second cup of coffee?
  • Do you have to set up that morning meeting?
  • Do you need to be home to watch that show right at 6pm when it airs?

Are the things actually necessary, or are you doing all of these things because it is what you have always done? Start by eliminating the things that would “be nice to do” to start making more time for the things you actually want to do.

Reprioritize tasks that can be dealt with later.

2. Make a Damn Decision

In life we often pretend to make decisions.

We decide to commit to things, but only until they get hard or uncomfortable. When we get overwhelmed by the choices, we decide to stay where we are instead of trying something new (and potentially more difficult). We then end up buried in a pile of half completed tasks and pursuits, overwhelmed with the reality that end is nowhere in sight.

Instead, you need to commit to one thing, and stick with it longer than 5 seconds. Stick through the period of self doubt, the time someone tells you “HA you’ll never succeed”, and the time you completely forget what direction you were heading.

You can literally do anything you want with your life. It is your life after all. You just have to get out there and decide to do it.

3. Stop Using Time as a Crutch

We all walk around saying “There’s Not Enough Time”. However, when we are forced to do something (you get a flat tire, there is a family emergency, a deadline at work, and so on) we suddenly have time to deal with whatever it is.

Time is always there, we have just been designed to believe it is a limited resource. Create more time by being organized. Stop being late, write down your schedule, and plan ahead for what you can. Stop focusing on being “busy” and start focusing on what you enjoy doing with your time.

People make time for the things they want, so design your life around the things you love and you will feel less overwhelmed.

You need to respect time. If you often waste it watching hours of mindless Netflix, wandering around the mall window shopping, napping instead of being productive then you are not respecting time. Worry not, for we are all guilty of this. The key is to  be able to recognize  it.

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You don’t have to be smarter, richer, or more resourceful than the next busy person – you just need to want it more and be willing to dedicate your time to the cause.

If you want something badly enough and decide you will get it, you will. In order to  stop the overwhelm you have to decide to start making changes. Focus your time and energy where you want and the busy feeling will soon become fulfillment.

Cut out that which is not necessary, decide what it is you want, and commit your time to the cause. Manage your life correctly, and things will come with ease.

How to Create a Meaningful Life

How to Live with Purpose and Intention

We all seek to live a life that answers the question “why”.

  • Why am I here?
  • Why am I doing this?
  • What is my purpose?

While somedays we feel as though we are on a clear path, we’ve got it all together, and we are heading in a certain direction other days are not so easy. Knowing who you are and that you have the choice to change your life is key in determining your purpose. You have the choice to determine your direction; good or bad.

As always, the audio version can be heard on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Google Play.

1. Stay True to Yourself

Admit to your imperfections. No human is perfect so learn to embrace this sense of honesty; imperfection is okay.

Remember why you started the path you are one; school, career, hobbies – why did you start these? Come back to your purpose particularly when you are feeling as though things aren’t working as intended.  Social media puts a ton of pressure on us to do more and to be more, but at the end of the day you need to focus on what works for you.

Ask yourself this. At the end of the day, what will make you happy and how are you going to get there? Stay true to you.

2. Focus on Your Value

As a society we have a tendency to be incredibly self-centred always focusing on “me”, that we forget all that we have available within ourselves to help enhance other’s lives. Finding your value; a sense of humour, knowledge, a listening ear, etc. is going to change someone’s life.

What can you provide to other people? Which problems can you help people solve? What do people in your life often call on you for?

Use these questions to reflect. Take a step back, figure out what skills you have to offer, and work on applying them in your life to make a difference. Too many of us simply exist, focus on staying true to yourself and use what you already have within you to enhance the lives of others.

There is meaning in a life that serves. Serve yourself so you can overflow into serving everyone around.