5 Tips For Trusting Your Instinct – Guest Blog From Sheila Mulvenney
With our modern day emphasis on science, logic and reasoning we seem to have squeezed out the importance of our own intuitive powers.
The brain is a complex organ with billions of neurones which are responsible for sending messages all over the body. As we go through life experiencing things our brain makes a web of connections in our subconscious. While our conscious brain may have forgotten many details or feelings of past events our subconscious brain may not and it may send signals to us to get our attention and warn or encourage us.
When making decisions we usually approach this with a degree of logic, we use our rational brain considering pros and cons. But sometimes we have misgivings – often for no apparent reason and usually that is our instinct warning us, adding up previous experiences and the outcomes. We have probably all experienced deciding to do something that rationally seems very sensible, and then had a feeling of disquiet – a niggling doubt.
But when should we listen to that ‘feeling’?
The tips below will help you tune into your instinct and learn to trust the messages it sends.
1. The ‘Peace Factor’
When you’ve made a decision about something, notice how you feel.
If it’s been a tough decision, something you’ve deliberated over then making the decision should bring a feeling of peace. If it doesn’t then there is nothing to lose in attending to that feeling and consciously reviewing your decision
2. Acknowledge Other Feelings
Take care not to confuse natural apprehension about something new or challenging, a new job, trip, study, house move or even a new level of commitment in a relationship for example, with a gut level warning.
Big decisions often have elements of anxiety as well as excitement. Try re-visiting the decision considering why you made the choice you did and ‘sit’ with it for a few days, noting your feelings.
3. Changing Your Mind
Give yourself permission to change your mind.
If you are unsure about what to do and make a decision and then feel no peace but rather ‘worry’ about it, then change your mind and see how that feels. If you then have a sense of peace then that’s a guide that maybe that is the best decision.
4. Listen To Others
It is worth talking things through with others, if they are friends they know us well and they may be able to give a new perspective on the decisions.
If you look back there may be times when we’ve forged ahead with things and later had friends tell you that they thought it wasn’t right for you anyway. It can be wise to get the opinion of others and weigh that along with our logical thoughts and any intuitive ideas we have.
5. Give Yourself Time To Learn
Learning to use our intuition takes time.
When our brains are filled with noise or busyness it can be hard to hear. It’s often easiest when we are engaged in repetitive tasks that don’t take too much brain power such as doing household chores, walking, listening to music or driving. Waking up or falling asleep are also times when we seem to be more receptive to our subconscious.
Listening to our intuition can be a good guide as we go through life and like any other skill it will improve with practice, so it’s worth devoting a bit of time to learn to listen to your intuition, it can be a great guide.
About The Author
Sheila Mulvenney worked for many years within education before starting her own business and having her first book published. She is now a writer and speaker, who coaches and trains individuals and groups to help them achieve success in life and business.
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