It’s Time to Believe in Your Inner Voice: A Step by Step Experiment with Listening
How often do you have a moment of deep intuition before deciding not to listen to yourself?
It can be as simple as telling yourself you don’t need that umbrella for the day, even though you had already picked it up on the way out the door.
Or saying, “I will get deal with that tomorrow”, even though a voice in your head is warning you just to get it done with because you have a sudden feeling that your plans will be disrupted?
Why do you stop yourself from taking that advice?
The best leaders excel at what they do because they know how to connect with their inner self and trust that it knows what’s best.
Whether these thoughts come from some higher place, or because they are knowledge gained from years of experience—your inner voice is something to cultivate and build a stronger relationship with, even if your intellectual mind is waving off the advice and deciding that it knows best.
If you’ve found yourself held back by mental blocks in your life, it’s likely that those mental blocks are also cutting you off from your inner voice.
And this can be incredibly damaging to a leader. Once you stop believing in your inner voice, you stop listening to it. When you stop listening, you cut yourself off from your collected life experiences and subconscious knowledge and leave yourself vulnerable to mistakes and errors.
Many people, leaders included, cut themselves off from their inner voice without even knowing it. And because they’ve cut themselves off, they don’t see the value in following their inner voice when it finally breaks through the walls you’ve built around it.
The first thing you have to do to overcome this is to start to listen.
To do this, you have to give yourself permission to experiment. Here is a fun experiment to get you back in touch with your inner voice and learn to trust it again:
Experiment: Break Down the Barriers and Open Yourself Up to Your Inner Voice
The First Week
- For the next five to seven days, listen and follow everything your inner voice says.
- Write down your findings to ‘prove’ whether your inner voice was right or not.
- What happened when you listened? Did you avoid catastrophes? Did your inner voice guide you in the right direction?
- At the end of the week, count up how many times your inner voice spoke up. Did you find you heard it more when you were actively listening for it? How many times was it right?
- Keep all of your notes for comparison after the end of Week 2.
The Second Week
- For the next five to seven days, listen to your inner voice and actively IGNORE what it tells you (within reason).
- Write down what happened afterwards. Did your inner voice tell you to drive another route home? What happened when you went the same way? Did you hit traffic and were late to a meeting?
- Mark down how many times you heard your inner voice this week. Was it more than last week?
- Did you find that you stopped to listen for your inner voice before making decisions?
- Did you find yourself uneasy when you actively ignored your inner voice? How many times did you listen to it anyway, even though you were supposed to be ignoring it?
- Did you trust your inner voice more than you did before you started the experiment?
This experiment is a great way to open yourself up to your inner voice again and actively listen for it, even if we’ve covered it up with mental blocks.
When coaching, I work to help clients overcome those blocks and get in touch with their inner voice again as a way to help them move forward and transform their lives.
What I’ve learned throughout my work with leaders is that taking the time to first listen for that inner voice for a span of time creates a new habit. In the second week of the experiment, you begin to recognize how vital that voice is, how to trust that inner voice when it speaks up, and how uneasy it can feel when you actively try to block it out and work against your own intuition.
If you gave yourself permission to experiment and open yourself up to your inner voice again, I’d love to hear your experiences and your results. Please come back and leave a comment or send a direct message to firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story with me!
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