Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Hiking, Running, Spiritual Teachings, Spirituality, Thought | Posted on 08-13-2014
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We’ve all had “gut feelings” about people or things at some point in our lives. I’m sure you can think of times where you had positive experiences when you listened to your gut, and negative ones when you didn’t.
How many times have you thought something like “I knew shouldn’t have had that extra cookie!” or “If only I had taken my umbrella like I had been thinking of doing!” or “There was just something that wasn’t quite right about him,” etc.?
Yet most days we go through life without paying much attention to that little voice inside us even though it’s always accessible.
When I think back, many instances of following my intuition come to mind.
The most obvious (and recent) extreme example for me, of course, was when out of the blue I decided it was time for me to leave the SEO world last October. It was definitely not something I had been thinking about. If you asked me only a few weeks prior whether it would be something I would consider, I would have told you no. And yet, one day I woke up and absolutely knew with 100% certainty that it was the exact right thing for me to do at that moment. (And it was.)
Then there was the time back in 2003 when I decided to create the High Rankings Forum. I told my online friend, Scottie what I was doing and she offered to help evaluate various forum software, etc. However, she was flabbergasted when I explained that I had already installed a working demo on my server. One day it wasn’t anything I had ever thought about, and the next I had a forum!
You see, intuition comes from inspired thought.
When it happens to me I just know it’s the right thing to do. And because of that, whatever next steps are necessary to carry out the inspiration happen naturally. I simply take action. The beauty of it for me is that when I’m working from inspired thought, it becomes a fun game.
And that’s how our lives should be lived every day.
What if all of our decisions were based on what our inner wisdom was telling us to do?
Can you imagine the potential in that?
To me, this is exactly what the “gurus” mean when they talk about manifesting your destiny. It’s not about conjuring up whatever you desire. Instead, it’s about feeling what inspires you at any given moment–and then acting upon it.
The problem is that too many of us don’t follow through on the action part because it looks too daunting. But all it takes is a few baby steps to break through the inertia. And guess what? When we continue to listen to our intuition, it can and will guide us each baby step of the way if we let it.
If you’re having trouble understanding how this works, here’s an analogy for you:
When I’m running in the woods there are tons of roots and sticks and rocks and hills in my path. In order to keep running, I have to look a little bit ahead, but not too far ahead. I have to mostly focus on what’s right in front of me. A map of the trail, even some sort of topographic one won’t help me navigate the various obstacles I encounter along the way. The only way I can keep running is to stay mindful and present with every step. One moment of losing focus and I could end up splat on the ground.
It can be the same with everything you do in life.
Whether it’s writing a book, starting a business, creating delicious meals with unique ingredients, or making any major life changes, your intuition and inner wisdom are there to guide you. While you can and should set big goals for yourself, they can only be completed one step at a time.
Knowing that you’re going to run all the way around the lake doesn’t stop you from tripping on the rocks right in front of you. You have to stay focused on what needs to be done right now in this moment. And when that’s done, you focus on the next moment, and then the next after that.
Where it gets fun are those times where you get to a straight-away with minimal obstacles. That’s when you can kick things up a notch and start cruising. There will be nothing to trip you up and you can go as fast as you want. But enjoy it while you can, because inevitably your trail will get rocky again soon. When it does, you’ll be upright and alert and ready to take on the next fun challenge that brings you closer to your ultimate inspired goal!
What about you?
How can you start following your intuition more in life? Do you have trouble hearing it in the first place, or is it taking action that trips you up?
Please leave your thoughts below or contact me directly and we can discuss further!
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