I said to a client not so long ago, that she was a ‘smarty pants’ and she laughed and said she hadn’t been called that since she was a little girl.
I was referring to how she was really coming into this deep wisdom about herself and connecting to that internal knowing that we all have.
So often, we’re looking outside of ourselves for the answers, when they really are within us. That’s not to say, that it isn’t beneficial to seek support from the right people. There can be great mentors and role models who are further along the path than you and can offer sound guidance.
It is about creating balance, and that even choosing to seek the external support, comes from a deep and wise You, knowing that it would be the best next step.
Listening to our intuition and inner guidance isn’t complicated but it does require an ability to quiet the mind and shut out all of the external noise, which isn’t always easy.
Here are 3 ways for you to do this for yourself…
- Make the first 15 minutes of your day a time to connect to yourself
Before anyone wakes up in your home, spend a few minutes connecting to yourself. You might start with a few deeps breaths or some gentle stretches. Some form of meditation can be really effective first thing in the morning, because our minds tend to be quiet at this time.
You might prefer looking at something like a vision board or reading something inspirational. Music and dance are other powerful ways to connect to your deepest self.
It really is important to give yourself this time to reflect before you are bombarded with everything else in your day – your career, your family, other people’s opinions and all of the other external stimulation that is out there.
2. Set your intention for each and every day
Ideally, during this focused self time, you can set your intention for the day. It doesn’t need to be complicated, in fact, the more concise, the better.
How do you want your day to turn out? What answers or solutions do you need?
Asking questions is a fantastic way to open up your intuitive guidance. You may not get the answers in the exact moment, but they will show up for you. It might be when you’re taking a shower ( that’s common ) or maybe when you’re in a meeting at work. Ideally, capture the idea or solution in some way, because intuitive insights often come and go quickly.
3. Check in with your body
Your body is super smart! It is always speaking to you and giving you information.
Listen to your gut. Check in with your heart. In fact, listen to your shoulders, your hips or any other body part that is speaking to you!
Your body will let you know if a decision or opportunity feels right, if the person you are speaking with is being truthful or it might be telling you what it needs in any given moment. Your body is an intuitive instrument but we often undervalue it.
Sometimes, it’s subtle so you may need to take a moment to get quiet and still so that you can sense what is it is saying. It’s great to do this multiple times in your day as it will always bring you to the present moment, give you a chance to just ‘be’ for a minute or two and is always offering sound advice.
We really do have this internal, highly effective guidance tool that can greatly help us in our lives and work.
Give yourself the gift to connect to your wise self and your ‘inner smarty pants’!