On January 24th on Word of Mom Radio, Rebecca Heaslip is sharing with me – here she shares a bit of what we will be talking about.
Do you have the ‘guts’ to trust your gut?
You can make decisions in less time, with more confidence and more success when you trust your instincts…. but it takes courage.
We are programmed from an early age to defer to authority, to analyze and research to find the ‘right’ answer. This top down, reasoned, logical approach diminishes our confidence and our ability to make decisions which are in our own best interests, that intuitively we know are right.
It takes courage to challenge the status quo and follow a different path, one that is unproven but feels right. If you want to lead an authentic life you must take a leap of faith and make choices that fuel you with energy and passion. This happens when we make decisions that align with our heart’s desires – when we trust our gut!
When backed by prior experience or knowledge, quick decisions called snap judgments that are involuntary and made in the blink of an eye, are often very effective. But what if you need to make a decision that is outside of your realm of experience and is potentially life-changing like switching careers? You need to develop a heightened level of self-awareness and become attuned to the messages that your heart, mind and gut send to you. Similarly, you need to be aware of clues and patterns in your external environment that may reinforce what you are feeling and thinking.
Everyone has the capacity to be intuitive. However some people are naturally more intuitive while others ignore their intuitive wisdom for any number of reasons. Not sure if you are inclined to trust your gut? Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I seek advice or confirmation from others before making decisions – even routine decisions, rather than let my inner wisdom be my guide?
- Do people describe me as analytical, logical, and skeptical? Some personality types question more and rarely go with their first thought or accept things at face value.
- As a child, was I often afraid to speak my mind or suggest doing things differently for fear of being belittled?
If you answered yes to all three questions, then you’re likely not leveraging your intuitive wisdom. Fortunately, research shows that we can create new neuro-pathways at any age and develop/enhance skills like intuition. Follow these simple tips to get started on your intuitive path:
When making everyday decisions go with your first thought. It is usually right. Don’t second guess or over-analyze choices. Not only are you wasting valuable time but each time you doubt yourself, you reinforce a negative self-image in your subconscious as a weak and indecisive person.
- Ignore the naysayers and critics of your life choices. Your gut knows what is best for you and your family. Respectfully decline unsolicited advice from friends and colleagues.
- Focus on what you do well and don’t beat yourself up when you fall short of meeting your goals. Set realistic expectations for you and your kids and don’t compare yourself to others. Trust your gut to tell you when good enough is good enough! Perfection is highly overrated!
Intuition! Let the source be with you.
Rebecca Heaslip is a successful entrepreneur, coach; speaker and author of the upcoming book “Simply…Trust Your Gut – follow your instincts and transform your life!’
Rebecca is a grounded free spirit who lets her intuition be her guide. She has been in business for more than 14 years, helping people develop their full potential by making smart decisions that balance intuition with facts and data. Rebecca shows you in 5 easy steps how to simplify your life and re-gain control by connecting with your inner wisdom every day. And live your life without regrets!
Rebecca can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org 888-878-5913. Check out her websites www.leadership-insight.com and www.theconfidentcoach.com, www.rebeccaheaslip.com (her new website to be launched this week). Follow her on: Facebook , Twitter , and LinkedIn