We all have that quiet inner voice, even if we do not listen for it. We call it conscience, intuition, experience, or a gut feeling. All of which are correct but not the full story. Our inner voice is something that has been and will continue to be with us our entire life. We cannot shake it no matter what we do. It is a force we cannot run from, and possesses full access to the record of truths, lies, best intentions, and our worst manipulations.
I can honestly say that I have started to listen to my inklings more lately. When I was younger, I treated them as a practice sales call to convince my inner naysayers that I had great ideas. If I could convince my inner voice it was a good idea, then I would likely be successful in winning over outside supporters. Time and time again, I have regretted not listening to many of my inklings. They have borne out to be wiser actions than those I wanted to pursue. Don’t get me wrong, they are rarely easier choices. My inklings moreover would have adopted taking a tougher path to begin with, but often would’ve lead to a more fulfilling outcome for many of the parties involved. What kind of reception do your inklings get when they come knocking?
How do you integrate your instincts currently? What step can you take to follow them when choosing new actions?
Call it a gut feeling if you like, but I do believe we all have an inner inkling that helps us make decisions. I would ask you to listen to your inner voice more intentionally. Choose a time of day that you find more conducive. Mine is the morning when I’m in my home office around the trees and garden. What is yours? Take these moments and locations and make an intentional effort to listen to this inner inkling more frequently. Consider writing them down and relate them to what external events are taking place. You will likely find as I have, that your inklings are helpful in ways you may not anticipate right now.
This blog is part of a series from the book Discover Your Best Life by Mike Hintz. His personal, professional, and spiritual growth tools are also featured in Northlink Retreats. If this topic resonates with you consider reading the book or attending one of the upcoming retreats.