I've been invited to join a small, elite mastermind group of fabulous professional women whose vision is to support one another in living more authentic, fulfilling, balanced lives. As an egoic being, I'm flattered to be invited and my mind quickly set to work figuring out how I could keep the challenging commitment of two-hour meetings twice every month around my busy professional and personal schedule. Rightfully so, the group's agreement is: three missed meetings resigns you from the group. I desperately wanted to make it work. My mind got louder and busier trying frantically to find a way...
But my gut? It spoke quietly in the background. Ever so gently saying, "Don't."
In a way, I'm almost reticent to share this information with you. You can't "un-know" something once you know it. It can be almost haunting. No doubt you will decide against the voice of your intuition. I still do all the time... but I'm now aware I'm doing it. My mind still over-rides the voice with its incessant logic and fear-based dialogue. I don't always LOVE the answer of my gut but I've never been sorry to have listened and heeded its wisdom.
How do you know which one is speaking to you? It's not mysterious. It's simple. The intellect speaks in long sentences. Intuition speaks in short ones (usually 5 words or less.) The intellect has long list of reasons and doubts, and is very attached to an outcome. Your intuition has no need to justify or explain. It is a "knowing." It is not attached to the outcome ... its only focus is on the one next right step to take on the path. It's a neutral, unemotional response and characteristically courage-based.
The language of your gut will usually start with one of these three words: Do, Don't, or Delay.
Short, sweet, and powerfully right.