Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. – Steve Jobs
I didn’t grow up knowing much about intuition. I was always the go-getter, over-achiever, hard-working, people-pleaser kind of girl. There was no time for wishy washy, touchy feely crap. My brain controlled the steering wheel while my feelings took the backseat. As a result, without even realizing it, I spent the first three decades of my life ignoring and drowning out the whispers of my inner voice.
What I’ve come to know about intuition is this: It’s a feeling of knowing what’s true and what’s right without understanding why. It often tells us things we don’t want to hear. It always tells the truth, and it’s never about what other people think.
Here’s what following our intuition looks like:
I should do this.
I’ve always done this.
I was trained to do this.
It’s what everyone else is doing.
People expect me to do this.
But my heart says no.
My gut tells me this isn’t right.
I’m supposed to do something else.
A voice inside me is telling me to do this instead.
For the record, I hate that intuition is always right and sometimes contradictory to my actions. I’d much rather trust my years of training, long-term goals and expensive degrees hanging in my office to guide my decisions. But I can’t. It’s not how life works.
When confusion sets in about whether we should do this or that, we must think less and feel more. We’ve got to turn inwards and listen to what our heart and gut is telling us. Rumblings from within are there to guide us in the right direction. To ignore them is to abandon our purpose.
Don’t let worrying about everyone’s – including your own – expectations and opinions dampen what’s true and what feels right deep inside. You can never go wrong with following your intuition. It knows what you’re supposed to do, whether you like it or not. It’s counterproductive to ignore it and harmful to try and out-smart it.
Your best bet is to let it guide you where you’re meant to go.