Today I want to talk about your intuition. Sometimes we call this our sixth sense.
It’s often a mixture of feelings and just an inner knowing about something.
You may literally feel your intuition in your gut or your body temperature or you could feel it more in your brain as a sense or knowing about something.
Some people also feel their intuition in a more spiritual way – as a connection with their soul.
However your intuition shows up, it’s important to recognize it and tap into it.
It’s really our best guide for doing what feels right for us.
The problem is we often ignore our intuition or talk ourselves out of what we’re feeling or sensing because friends, family or society may be telling us something else.
That’s how we end up in jobs we hate, staying in unfulfilling relationships and taking on activities and obligations that don’t really serve us.
Often times we KNOW that these things aren’t really what we want or that something may feel off, but we can’t always articulate it or pinpoint why we are feeling that way.
Sometimes, in order to really hear what our intuition is telling us, we need to slow down and tune out the noise.
I experienced this in my own career, but it took me a while. I spent 7 years at Deloitte Consulting, but for the last 2 years, something didn’t feel right.
I was moving at such a breakneck pace that I never really had the time or emotional energy to do the introspection and take the space to hear what my intuition was trying to tell me – that I wasn’t going to be happy there and I didn’t want to live the life of a Partner at a Big 4 Consulting Firm.
I finally realized I wanted to do something else, but again, was so focused on quickly moving on that I didn’t truly give myself the opportunity to slow down and think about what might be best for me.
I jumped next into a business development role with AARP. Two years later, I found myself in the exact same position I had been in with Deloitte before – stressed out, overworked and knowing this wasn’t the life I wanted.
I knew that things needed to be different this time. So instead of diving head first into the job search for my next gig, I took some time to think about what I really wanted.
The type of life I wanted to have.
The kind of work I enjoyed.
What makes me feel most alive.
I realized for the first time that I didn’t want to work for someone else. I realized that I felt my best when I was being entrepreneurial – when I was creating, growing and owning something from my vision.
I did some of this in my time at Deloitte and AARP but I always felt stifled by someone else’s vision or the culture of Corporate America.
I had to slow down and listen to my intuition to have this breakthrough. That’s how I made this decision – literally from a gut feeling.
I never had a plan to be a business owner. But once I slowed down to tune into what I really wanted and needed, it became very clear. And what I wanted was something very different from what I had done before.
It’s funny how that can happen and how you can go down such a different path when you give yourself space and tap into what you really know you want deep down inside.
So, what’s your intuition telling you?
What would be possible for you if you truly believed that you trusted your instinct and that it never fails you?
If you're having trouble trusting your intuition, tapping into it or executing on what you know you really want to do, let's talk.
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