Tapping into your intuitive wisdom to create success
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
— Albert Einstein
While it’s fair to assume Einstein favoured logic over intuition, the reverse is actually true. The world-renowned physicist challenged centuries of scientific thought, the basis of which stemmed from the value he placed on intuitive knowledge. The result? Well, the theory of relativity for one, but this way of thinking saw Einstein go down in history as a true thought leader… and a genius. And he was not alone.
Steve Jobs also acknowledged the key role intuition played in his success in a 2005 Stanford Speech.
“You have to trust in something. Your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
— Steve Jobs
So despite the fact Jobs was just two months old when Einstein died, it seems part of his success can be attributed to taking a leaf out of the physicist’s book. After all, learning to listen to their inner voice – their intuition – both Jobs and Einstein steered their lives towards success.
But how can we learn to effectively use our intuition? How do we know we can trust it as our own internal compass, guiding us towards our next goal?
It’s not always easy to discern intuition from the constant reasoning and rationalising that goes on when trying to make a decision. Many of us have been hard-wired to ignore our intuitive powers in favour of logic or reason, making decisions based on other’s expectations, or those we place on ourselves. And while paying our bills is important, if we can learn to amplify our intuition, I believe we can create a life that not only provides security, but is grounded in purpose and passion.
And sometimes, we just have to take a leap of faith… however scary that might be.
I’ll be the first to tell you – tuning into your intuition for the first time can be daunting. For me, stepping away from my career as a senior executive will mean a departure from the logic that has guided me for so long. It’s not going to be easy – believe me,. I’ve spent many sleepless nights battling the logic of staying in a position with a stable career trajectory, versus taking a leap into the unknown and following my heart. But every morning, my heart wins. And it’s this intuitive process, ‘following your gut’, ‘trusting your destiny’, whatever you want to call it that will ultimately lead you to your true life’s purpose. For me, that means channelling my love for helping and empowering others into my work via the R.E.A.L Program.
And remember, it will get easier. Intuition is a muscle and the more we learn to trust it, the stronger it will grow and guide us. But in order to tap into our inner voice, first we have to make space for it to exist. Sue Hawkes, author or Chasing Perfection: Minimize Self-Doubt and Maximize Success explains that for those of us who aren’t in the habit of trusting our gut, we can learn to connect to our inner voice by creating a “quiet space.” It could be a yoga class, meditation or journaling – as long as it brings us into the present and allows room for reflection. I have detailed the importance of reflection here, where something as simple as a daily gratitude journal can help us to clarify what brings us joy and meaning.
The moment we create space for our intuition is the moment we can really begin to listen to what our gut is telling us. And from there, we’re just a few (measured) steps away from living a more purpose-driven life.
So take pause. Learn to listen to that inner voice – what is your intuition trying to tell you? Then take a deep breath…and take that plunge.