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Gut Check

If you are at the point in your life where you are serious about self-improvement, then I want to pass along a friendly little tip that may really have a positive and significant impact on your life.

If you haven’t  already started doing this, you really need to learn to trust yourself.  That nudge, or perhaps, at the risk of making you sound crazy, that little voice inside your head, is really there for a reason.  It’s attempting to guide you.  The thing is, most of us tend to either second guess ourselves or never pay attention to the inner direction at all.

I’ll say it again…you’ve got to learn to trust your gut.

You literally have this GPS system within you that is programmed to take you anywhere you want to go, and often it will spontaneously give you directions.  So, are you listening?

I don’t know if this is true for you, but if you are aware of your instincts, you’ll probably be able to relate to it.  I have often done something that was the opposite of what I initially felt I should do, only to regret not having followed that initial feeling.

While I don’t really want to be accused of being a touchy, feely type dude, I have learned over the years that our feelings can truly guide and direct us.  And I believe now, those feelings are actually more reliable in most instances than the thoughts we have on a more conscious level.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you throw out logic and reason as key components to your decision making process…for goodness sake, we all need to exercise good ol’ common sense and be aware of our situations and surroundings.  But what I am suggesting to you is that when you your gut tells you what to do, you should start paying attention and see how often your instincts prove themselves to be trustworthy.

Your internal guidance system is far more accurate than you may have ever realized.  And your system is as unique as you are.  I truly believe that if we can tap into ourselves and act upon the instincts that come to us so naturally, we would find ourselves most often on the path toward our ultimate life.  And, yes, I know I sound pretty cosmic in this post.  It just so happens that in this case, as crazy as it may sound, it’s really the truth.

The reason that most of us struggle with trusting our own instincts is that we have become conditioned to accept limiting thoughts about our self-worth.  And after all, if we don’t accept ourselves as credible or we don’t believe in our own ability to make the best decisions, listening to our inner voice becomes totally counter intuitive.

I challenge you to change those beliefs.  You are absolutely worthy, especially when it comes to making decisions that are in your best interest.

Pay attention to the thoughts or feelings that you get when you are faced with the basic decisions that you make throughout your day.  Which was to drive home from work, for example, if you have alternate routes.  When you consider the drive, you will probably have a notion or quick thought about which way you should go.  Take that as a direct command from your subconscious and act on it.  Then see if it made a difference.  You may notice some really interesting things, like finding out the way you didn’t go was blocked off and would have taken you much longer, or that there was a terrible accident along that way.  Remember these things.  They will become your frame of reference.

The more you listen to yourself, the more you will start to see the evidence that you are being guided.  It’s a little different way of thinking, but it just might open up your entire experience here on the planet.  And I mean in the greatest way possible.

But only commit to do any of this if you’ve got the guts.

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7 Responses to “Gut Check”

  1. avatar Raven Howard says:

    Hey Mike, thanks for sharing. I do this a lot. I get ideas or notions and I talk myself OUT of them. Or, I seek other peoples approval or validation before taking action. I know I should trust myself and will try to more.

  2. Mike, I came across your blog via the Ultimate Blog Challenge on Facebook. Really great post. Can’t wait to read more.

  3. Mike.. loved your blog. We have got to learn to acknowledge our guidance!

  4. This is an excellent post and one I intend to link back to on a post for Tuesday.

    (Monday, I’ve got a Donors Choose post going, or I’d do it sooner.)

  5. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Raven –
    I think we all do the same thing that you’re talking about. The great idea that pops up to us in the middle of the night, loses momentum and doesn’t seem so earth-shattering by morning, so we let it go.
    In order to get started trusting yourself more, you have to be conscious of the feelings and guidance you have, and then start acting on them. Keep up with it and see how you do. After a while, trusting your gut becomes habitual. (And that’s when the good stuff starts!)

  6. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Trine – thank you so much for the kind words. I hope you will come back often.
    All the best,

  7. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Justice –
    I agree with you. Acknowledging the guidance is the key. Then I believe that we should act on that inspiration and keep track of how often the situations we end up creating are positive as a result of trusting ourselves.
    Thanks for your comments.

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