Are you listening to your intuition?
How often do you find yourself doing what you think you should be doing rather than listening to your intuition… and later wishing you had followed your gut instinct?
Women are intuitive beings. We have an inner compass, that when given the chance, can really guide us in the decisions we make and the direction we take. When we trust our intuition and take action based on it’s guidance, it will support us to be seen as authentic and super charge our power and influence.
But in all our busyness we seem to be forgetting how to tune in and listen.
Many high achieving driven women have disconnected from their gut instincts and it’s getting in the way of career progression, success and happiness. They are working hard, getting the job done and putting on a brave face.
But at what cost?
The cost can be high when we ignore the quiet whispers or persistent inner calling that are trying to guide us. When we fail to recognise these tell tail signs, we miss the need to pause before hitting burn out or fail to say yes to the big opportunity or make a poor choice when recruiting a new team member.
When have you failed to listen to your intuition?
Looking back on a decision I made last year that didn’t turn out so well, I recognise that I ignored a nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right. I experienced massive resistance, slipped back into an old habit of procrastination and come up against lots of unexpected roadblocks.
I now know this was my deep intuitive knowing at first whispering and later shouting from the roof tops that this was not right for me. Had I listened to the initial whispers it would have saved me a lot of time, energy and financial pain!
Obviously there is no exact science to this but it pays to listen.
We know that when we listen, our gut instincts help us to;
- Read people,
- Make the right decisions,
- Set the right goals
- Align with our true path
And there is something magnetic about people who are in tune with their intuition and make decisions based not only on logic but also gut instinct.
When our intentions, our instincts and our actions are completely lined up, people see us as authentic. They are drawn to us. We have a presence that gets noticed for all the right reasons.
So I hear you saying… how can I become more intuitive?
The good news is that we all have the skill; we are just out of practice. Somewhere between early childhood and now we have become way more focused on operating from a point of logic rather than intuition. It’s time we got the two working in harmony again.
3 Ways to tap into your intuition more effectively
1. Take time to pause. Gut feelings are difficult to recognise when we are caught up in the busyness of our day to day. Take the time to pause and still the mind.
That might mean making time for a little meditation, taking the dog for a walk, dancing to your favourite music or like I did today, taking a quiet moment during my lunch break to watch the waves roll in down at the beach.
2. Pay attention to your body. We don’t tap into our intuition by thinking. It happens through feeling. To get back into the habit of listening, simply take a few moments a couple of times each day to scan your body. This will help you become more present, to quiet your busy mind and tune into your body. Notice anything that feels out of the ordinary. Be aware of your breath. And tune in to how you feel.
3. Emotions leave clues. Take notice of the emotions you’re feeling on a consistent basis. Too often I see smart dynamic women suppress their emotions to a point that they no longer feel them.
Our emotional response to any situation provides us with clues. Notice your energy and trust your emotions to give you the signals we need.
We have an inner guide, we would be crazy to ignore it… wouldn’t we?
Imagine what could be possible if we were to shift our focus (just a little) from our head to heart and get tuned in to the signals from our body.
If you have a suspicion or a gut feeling that the career you have built isn’t quite what you want any more or isn’t fully aligned with who you are then I invite you to join a small select group of high achieving women in The Leadership Connection.