How many of us feel our gut instinct or hear what our heart is telling us, but fail to act upon it? In today’s blog post, I’m going to encourage you to listen to your gut, to your heart or to your inner voice (or all three).
Often, the answer to a question lies within ourselves.
A conversation this lunch time reminded me how grateful I should be for a decision I made in the early part of 2015. That decision led me to my current job, where I have been for the last 17 months. Whilst my current role perhaps doesn’t play to all of my strengths, I know that I made the right choice and there will be longer-term career opportunities for me in the organisation where I work.
A short while ago, I wrote about why quitting may not be such a bad thing after all. You can read that post here.
Indeed, making the decision to change is often the hardest thing of all, but once your mind is made up, you can move forward with all the steely resolve you’ll need. Your decision might stem from the desire to move away from pain or towards pleasure. Either way, once you’ve decided, you’ll be much more motivated to make that change.
How many times have you heard people say, “My heart’s just not in it, anymore.” That’s their inner voice, giving them a little prod, telling them to be proactive and to take action. Listening to one’s own heart is a very good way to gauge what decision you need to make.
There have been times in my life when I have been about to make a bad decision. Making that really bad decision would have had longer-term ramifications that would no doubt have impacted my long-term future. In my first year at university, after having worked before returning to full-time study, I thought about leaving to take up another job.”Wrong call!” pronounced my body, as my gut instinct delivered its message in the form of a migraine.
Did I listen? Yes, thank goodness, I did.
In his 2013 book, Intuition, Elijah Chudnoff describes intuition as a form of “intellectual perception” that enable us to perceive “abstract reality” rather than concrete, tangible objects. It’s that intuition that serves us well when we need to:
- leave a job that no longer serves us, in terms of career development or personal wellbeing
- change careers altogether
- step down from a personal commitment
- end a relationship
- say no to activities, invitations or unwanted obligations
So, take some time to listen to your inner voice over the holiday season. You don’t need to make a rash decision, but ask yourself some key questions:
Why do I feel this way?
What’s my gut instinct telling me to do?
How might it feel if I make this change?
Imagine how you’ll feel when you’ve made that choice. Will you feel a sense of relief or wish you had left things as they were?
Taking time out to reflect and review will enable you to make that choice, so listen to your gut instinct. It will serve you well.