We’ve all had those moments where we’re faced with a decision and totally unsure about which way to go. One part of you is nudging you to follow the “reasonable” path. Then there’s another part pulling you toward the road less traveled. It’s whispering that this way might lead to the magic you’ve been looking for. The voice that’s pulling you, asking you to say “yes” to adventure, is your intuition.
She is your ultimate guide, my friend. It’s time to listen to her call.
Introducing Your GPS for Life
On the road of life you have to find your North Star - the big dream you want to bring to life, the change you want to be in the world. This is the destination you align yourself with. Intuition is what’s going to tell you which highways, trails, detours, and scenic byways to take on your way. If you’re not sure about your destination, here’s a post about finding your magic that might help.
Your intuition is the voice you hear when you get really quiet and everything inside goes still. It can speak to you in a number of ways. Sometimes it’s the idea that just won’t go away. Other times it’s simply a feeling in your body - an opportunity has you nervecited (nervous + excited) and all tingly.
Intuition is part of your higher self, always looking out for you. She’s always leading you toward the version of you that you most want to become. I’ll tell you right now, her directions don’t always make sense. Sometimes it might even look like she’s leading you away from where you want to go. She’s not. Trust her.
Following Your Intuition Requires Courage
Before we even start talking about how to recognize your intuition, there’s something you should know. Living an inspired, exciting life is not for the faint of heart. You have to put on your big girl pants and be fucking brave.
Here’s the thing about the directions you’re going to get from your intuition, sometimes they’re fucking scary! They might have you leaping into uncertainty or pushing all the edges of your comfort zone. You may think you’ve gone off the deep end. Maybe you have. That’s where the magic happens, outside the constant buzz of your mind.
If you’re going to trust your intuition, you have to be willing to be brave. No more playing small. You don’t get to create your extraordinary, magical life and stay inside your comfort zone. That’s not how this works. Here’s a post about how to live more courageously that will get you inspired.
Those big dreams don’t happen inside the small, limited field you’ve been playing in. If you want to stay there, then go ahead and make peace with the life that left you wanting more in the first place. The only way out is by breaking down the walls of what’s comfortable and stepping into the glaring lights of a much bigger stadium.
Recognizing the Difference Between Intuition and Fear
Before you can follow her directions, you’ve got to learn to hear her loud and clear. This is the tricky bit for most of us because our minds are so busy with racing thoughts, “to do” lists, and avoiding uncertainty that we can’t hear her quiet voice gently guiding us.
At first it can be confusing. Which voice is your intuition and which is your fear and self-doubt?! When we want to do something epic, intuition is the one with the plan to get us there. The first voice we hear when we start to consider this new idea fear. It shows up with all sorts of perfectly reasonable explanations as to why we should forget it and move on. This part of you feels jumpy and a little chaotic.
Underneath the fear, in the still place inside of you, intuition is waiting to be acknowledged. She knows the idea has merit, as crazy as it might seem. All you have to do is hold still long enough to get past the screaming monkey of fear in your brain, trying to distract you. When you tell your fear, “Okay, I hear you, but let’s see what intuition has to say”, the difference between them will make itself apparent.
Simply acknowledging fear allows you the space to hold it and also explore your intuition. Be not confused, fear WILL show up again. You’ll start exploring the idea and different ways it could lead to awesomeness, then the self-doubt will show up.
Self-doubt is an insidious mask fear puts on to quietly sabotage our efforts to step into something new and uncomfortable. It will have you questioning yourself instead of the idea. Don’t let it get you down. Remember you are fucking awesome and capable of creating whatever magic you want in the world.
With practice you’ll be able to tell the difference. Beware the fear and self-doubt that show up as “perfectly understandable” reasons that you shouldn’t pursue your dreams.
What Happens When You Follow Your Intuition
Every once in a while we find ourselves in a situation where our intuition will not be ignored. For me, it can feel like an out of body experience. It’s like my higher self and intuition have slid into the driver's seat and thrown my scared little brain in the trunk!
Example: When I decided to leave my last job to start a travel consulting business, I wasn’t ready. I knew it was time, but was avoiding telling my boss. I was afraid of them letting me go early (I was giving 2 months notice) or treating me differently once they knew I was leaving.
Then one day, it all just kind of happened. I’d planned to wait another month, but my intuition knew better. I could even feel it coming. I’d thought, “maybe today is the day I tell him”, even thoughI’d planned to wait another month!
At the end of our one-on-one meeting, I was gathering my notebook to go back to my desk and it just came flying out of my mouth. Then I immediately burst into tears. I’m sure he thought I’d lost my damn mind! I thought I’d lost my damn mind. It didn’t matter. It was done. I felt lighter and knew it was the right decision, even though I wasn’t ready to make it. Intuition made it for me.
Next time you’re faced with a decision, stop and be still. There will be the swirling thoughts about all the potential outcomes, weighing the pros and cons. Simply ask yourself, “Which of these is the next right step for me?” Then shut the fuck up and listen. Find the small, quiet voice underneath all the chaos that will tell you which way to go. You have to decide whether or not you’re going to listen.
Trust Yourself of Everyone Else’s Opinion
Once you’ve decided you’re ready to cast off all that’s been holding you back, it’s time to get up close and personal with your intuition. You’re going to have to trust her. You’re going to have to trust yourself. That’s the only way forward.
Everyone around you is going to have an opinion about what you should do and how you should do it. You have to ignore all that noise and keep your GPS locked on those dreams you want to bring to life. Check in often to make sure you’re on course. There are a thousand roads that lead to your destination, and sometimes the route changes. That’s okay. Keep going.
It’s worth it. You get one fucking life. Make it epic. Do the scary shit and let intuition be your guide.
Use Your Voice
When have you followed your intuition, even though it was scary? How did she show you the way?
Share your story in the comments and let’s see all the different ways she helps us find our way to awesomeness!