3 Steps to Using Your Inner Voice to Make Changes with Confidence
If you wake up each day feeling energized and lucky to have the life, love, family, friends, and job that you have, this blog is probably not for you. But if you feel uninspired, like something is missing, or are living what should be your best life but deep down you know you need to make changes, keep reading. Hearing, trusting, and following through on what your inner voice is telling you can give you clear direction and confidence in your decisions to make important changes and live a more fulfilling life.
What is your inner voice?
Your inner voice, or intuition, is your personal truth and will guide you to the right answers for you. It can be a calm and clear voice in your head, or it might not come through as a voice at all. It has also been described as a gut feeling, uplifting and positive or heavy and negative, in response to something that you are considering or have done. It can also feel like tingling energy in your hands or at the back of your neck, or a spreading warmth or heaviness across your solar plexus, chest, or in your heart, depending on whether you are being guided to or away from an answer or action.
Have you ever made a decision, then had a sinking feeling or pit in your stomach about it that was later affirmed because the decision turned out to be the wrong one? Or have you ever felt that an answer was so right, like a final puzzle piece that linked everything together? That is your inner voice, or intuition, compelling you to make decisions that are right for you.
Your inner voice and how you hear or feel it is unique to you. Pay close attention to the calm, clear, and patient answers that come up when you’re contemplating a question. This is your inner voice’s response, taking you wholly into account, before your mind can get involved and bring reason, other people’s views, and a whole bunch of other junk that will only get in the way of you finding the right answer for you.
Breathing deeply, finding a peaceful space for thought, or meditating can all connect you with your inner voice. This will also help quiet your ego, the louder, chattier voice in your head that makes decisions from a place of fear, hurt, and your previous experiences. The ego’s job is to protect you, so it pushes back on anything new or different. If you are being moved to make changes, you’ll want it out of the picture.
Focus on a situation you want to change and then think about the possible solutions or outcomes, one at a time. Your intuition will respond affirmatively to the answer that is right for you, for some with a spoken yes and for others with a feeling of increased energy, lightness, or warmth in your gut, heart, hands, neck, or wherever you experience it. Answers or solutions that are not aligned with your highest purpose will be dismissed by your inner voice with a no, or can feel ominous or heavy, and just won’t sit right with you.
With practice, your inner voice can become a clear advisor. The more you learn to call upon your intuition, the stronger it will be. The more you trust your intuition and its ability to guide you, the more empowered you will be. You’ll have more confidence in the decisions you make and the steps you take to move yourself forward.
Once you’ve heard your inner voice and can recognize the direction that it’s pointing you, and you’ve fully committed to trusting its ability to guide you, the last step is to follow through and commit to taking action. Prepare yourself to make impactful changes by gathering your support network around you. Make a verbal commitment to yourself and others by openly talking about the changes you’ll be making, the steps you need to take to get there, and when you will make them. Be energized by your new path and with your intuition as your guide, know that you will find yourself where you belong.