What Is Intuition And How Can I Learn To Trust My Instincts?
Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.
– Oprah Winfrey
People often talk about trusting their ‘gut' instincts. But how do we know what is intuition and what is just anxiety or anticipation? Keep reading to find out how you can identify and utilize your instincts today for improved decision making!
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What Is Intuition?
Intuition is that whisper or sometimes a scream that tells you to leap or to be still. It is your internal GPS system or your internal God Placement System!
Your intuition is a combination of spirit, emotion, and logic which is guiding you.
Most often than not, we don’t listen to our intuition. We have too much chatter in our head and they’re too noisy to let us hear our intuition. There are chatters of doubt, worry, judgment, and fears of what other people’s perception of you are.
Let’s say your intuition is telling you that you love to dance and it makes you want to dance or even sing. It tells you that you will have a great time dancing or singing. Or your intuition is telling you ‘I want to love’. Your intuition is saying ‘let’s go take that chance on writing that book,’ or ‘let’s take that chance on starting that business'. You are so pumped up with what your intuition is telling you!
But then, your chatter comes in. And it says ‘No, what if I fail?’.
So, How Do I Learn To Trust My Intuition?
As just previously discussed, it's pretty important to put faith in what your body and spirit is trying to tell you! Be sure to follow these steps to make an active commitment to improving the connection to your instincts today…
1. Learn The Difference Between Your Brain And Your Intuition
The first thing you should understand is that your brain is designed to keep you safe. It’s designed to have the ability to go back in time in the mental file cabinet and look at the last time you tried something like this. The past experience may not have been good or it may have ended in some dangerous situations where people could judge you.
Your brain is designed to protect you! That’s it, your brain is designed to protect you, that’s logical.
Your intuition, however, is that spark of passion. It’s that spark of desire. It’s that spark of love. It’s that spark of pulling me forward.
It’s that little bit of radical or the bit of ‘I wanna leave my fingerprint on this planet'. However, your brain isn’t designed to have those same ideas. Now, your intuition can kick the brain into gear and the brain can start thinking of ways too but the intuition is where it’s going to start. It’s in your gut.
So when you’re feeling something, you go here. You don’t go “oh I feel so special”. Your job is not to turn down the doubt. Your job is to turn up the passion! It’s to turn up the faith. It’s to turn up the possibility.
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2. Make Well-Thought Out Plans
As always, the best plan is the plan made. It doesn’t matter whether you upgrade it or if you have to modify it, but if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.
So every dream, every passion, every desire follows with the plan because that’s where your brain gets excited. Your brain goes “yeah! We got a plan!”. Now you can believe in yourself.
You set big goals and dreams and you have desires, but you don’t achieve it because you didn’t set the plan in the first place. You didn’t do the details and then you stop believing you can do it.
And then you do the biggest tragedy. You stopped dreaming. You stopped hoping. You stopped stretching yourself. You stopped listening to your GPS or your God Placement System that says you’ve been put here on a divine assignment. And your assignment may change over years.
Guess what, your assignment that you have 50 years ago may be different from the assignment that you have today. Your job is to turn down the volume in your head–the volume of judgment, the volume of fear, the volume of worry, the volume of perfection. Turn down the volume in your head and turn up the volume in your intuition and your soul reflex, and that God placement system, in that heart space. Turn up the volume in that place and say “what do I want?”
Ask yourself this tonight, today, tomorrow: What feels good to my soul? And then be still, and be quiet. I believe; I believe in prayer and I believe in meditation. And I grew up only knowing about prayer.
But then I learned that prayer is asking God or the divine or whatever you call your god (I’m not imposing my belief systems on you but I call Him God), that prayer is asking God for direction and meditation is being still and quiet long enough to hear the answer.
A lot of times we don’t hear our intuitive spirit talking to us because we’re not still and we’re not quite long enough to hear it.
So give yourself the gift of quiet time and really, ask yourself these questions:
- “What brings me joy?”
- “What excites my soul?”
- “What do I wanna do for the next 6 months or six years?”
- “What makes me feel passionate?”
- “What sets me on fire?”
Then, be still. And then listen.
But the biggest question is, will you be bold enough to act on what you hear?