Last time, we discussed a couple of ideas for how you can really listen to your inner voice and determine what YOU really want.
Here are some more strategies you can use to listen to that voice inside:
- Pay attention to your physical responses. When you're trying to make a decision, does one option give you the nervous excited feeling of butterflies in your stomach, and you start smiling just thinking about it even if there may be challenges along the way? Or is it more like a knot of fear and dread that feels like a rock deep within you?
- When you imagine yourself years down the road looking back at right now, how would you feel if you had chosen option A? And how about if you had chosen option B? Looking at your choice in this way will allow you have a longer term perspective on the choice you are trying to make right now. Is there an excitement or a sense of emptiness? These are important clues that are not to be ignored.
- Pay attention to your emotions and let yourself feel them. It is so easy and common to try to pretend those feelings don`t exist or to try to numb them through too much food, mindless TV watching or Internet browsing or any other means of distracting yourself from your feelings. If you feel angry, for example, don't try to rationalize or talk yourself away from the feeling. I`m not telling you to act in anger or to always be angry. What I am saying is allow yourself to feel the anger and accept that you're allowed to be angry sometimes. Also allow yourself to feel excitement and passion. What invigorates and energizes you? What makes you feel like this is what you were born to do? What will keep you moving forward even when it may be difficult?
- Speak with someone who will, without judgment, allow you to share your deepest thoughts and who will reflect back to you what she heard, perhaps surprising you with the insights you have kept hidden, even from yourself. Sometimes they can help you gain clarity that might be more challenging to reach on your own.
When trying to decide about starting my own business, for example, speaking to a coach allowed me to pay more attention to my own heart's desires and have the strength to make the choice my inner voice was screaming at me to follow.
If you would like to read part one, please visit: http://liveheartandsoul.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/what-do-you-really-want/
Elizabeth Spevack is the founder of Heart and Soul Living. Elizabeth specializes in empowering women by helping them break through their self-imposed barriers, build their trust in themselves and share their unique gifts with the world.
Elizabeth's passion is opening the eyes of women experiencing deep anxiety to the world of opportunities around them and helping them live their purpose.
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