When That Whisper Speaks, Do You Listen?
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to be(come).
Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
Have you felt it before? A whisper? The tug in the back of your mind? That nagging feeling? Whatever you call it, however you feel it, it’s real.
When your brain makes decisions of any kind, it uses a combination of emotion and logic. This emotion, this intuition is hard-wired in all of us, encoded in our brains. The butterfly feeling in our stomachs is our nerve cells talking to us. This gut feeling is our ability to feel, know, and understand things without deliberately thinking about them. Our past experiences, the understanding we obtained from them and our existing awareness guides our intuition. This intuition is something we use every day.
Intuition guides you. Whether always conscious or not, throughout my life I’ve relied on my gut-instinct. Big or small, professional or personal, it has helped me make decisions and find my path. When I was at a crossroads as to what to do with my career, I stopped and really listened to my inner voice. The little whisper I heard inside my head was the voice that said, “Where do you want to go, what do you want to be? What do you not want to be?” My gut-instinct has helped shaped who I am today as a person.
A recent experience. I experienced something this past year that just didn’t feel right within in my neighborhood. I kept it to myself but I listened and I watched. At one point the topic came up in a conversation with a few neighbors. It was more than interesting to find out that they felt the same way as I did. As time passed, at least 8 others admitted that they had the exact same feeling. To make a long story short, authorities became involved and appropriate actions were taken.
As a result of this incident, I was trying to explain to my daughter about “gut-intuition.” Since it’s not tangible, it’s difficult to explain. Hard, too, for a 9-year old to grasp. I then thought to ask her, when so-and-so happened, how did it make your tummy feel? Immediately she said, “Yucky! It made me feel yucky.” That, I said, is your gut talking to you. You always need to listen to that voice.
Intuition is different than fear. Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately without the need for conscious reasoning. It is about the present, not the future or past. Fear is an unpleasant emotion, a heaviness or feeling of anxiety, caused by the outcome of something or the safety and well-being of someone. Fear often focuses on the past or future.
Intuition and fear are powerful emotions. In my example above, fear and intuition worked in tandem. My intuition spoke to me; fear drove me to take action. Sometimes what you are most fearful of is what can drive you to make a positive change.
When that whisper speaks, do you listen? Some of the following signs can appear when your inner voice is talking:
● Consistent opportunities knocking at your door
● Thoughts being pulled in a particular direction
● Constant nagging feeling
● Physical reaction (headache, stomach ache, your body signaling you need a change)
● Thoughts going against your rational instinct
● Feeling excited or inspired by something
● Similar occurring patterns
I know from experience that after I’ve weighed my options and (usually) listened to my whisper it’s as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. A feeling of freedom -- because I’m more confident that I made the right decision. I’m happier that I am on the right path of where I am meant to be.
Is your whisper talking to you? Is there a change you want to make at work or to find a new path altogether? Is fear of not knowing how or where to begin, holding you back? I can help you use the fear, to find your path of where you want to be. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org