By Dr. Barbara Seifert
If you ever want to get ahead in your life, your career, your relationships, then you need to trust your gut. This is what I call inner sense; it’s that little voice inside that guides and directs you. It knows your deepest thoughts, feelings, and needs. It’s also called “intuition” and we all have it, although some voices are louder than others. Intuition, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is
“Quick and ready insight; immediate apprehension or cognition; the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference.”
Intuition is also your instinct or hunch. It arises from our creative right brain but, as we grow older our left, reasonable brain takes over.
Why is it, then, that if we have all the answers we tend to doubt them? We seem to want to listen to others instead of ourselves. We could prevent a lot of heartache, make better and quicker decisions, and have more success if we only listened to that inner voice and then learn to trust that it is guiding us appropriately. When you are looking to make a decision regarding a new marketing campaign, listen; not sure if you should take that new job, listen; something not quite right with your relationship, listen.
Anytime you are facing a big decision you need to go inside and find the answers – sometimes they are soft and sometimes they scream – but they are there and they can prevent you from ever having the “woulda, coulda, shoulda’s.”
Here are 3 ways to develop your inner voice:
Take some deep breaths to clear your mind and then sit and listen to what your body and your head are telling you; it could be the feeling of butterflies in your stomach, a tingling of your skin, or a symbol.
Write down what the voice is telling you; what are the thoughts, emotions, sounds or smells that arise. Don’t hold back – just let your thoughts flow.
Listen and write daily – this will hone your skill and tap into your intuitive side; set up an area in your home to create the ambiance, like a corner in your bedroom, that is quiet and allows you to tap into your inner voice.
Listening to what your gut is saying is a gift we are given and should not be taken lightly but it does take practice to hear the messages; trusting those messages and then not being afraid to take action is the challenge. Doing these steps will help you to accept this challenge and lead you to become more open, more receptive and confident in the tasks and goals you want to achieve. It will give you the courage to act on them and lead you to a happier and successful life.
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Dr. Barbara Seifert, LCSW, CPC, NLP is the President of Committed to Your Success Coaching & Consulting in Orlando, Florida. She helps individuals to take charge of their careers, find the work they love and enhance their professional development to reach their peak performance. She also coaches in organizations to enhance employee engagement and leadership development. Dr. Seifert is an adjunct professor, a certified coach and certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. You can learn more by visiting www.cyscoaching.com and Your Career Success Blog at www.allaboutcareerssite.wordpress.com.