Trust Your Instincts – Day 208 of 365 Days to a Better You

Have you ever noticed how often your first instinct was right? Have had an impulse to take a certain course only to overthink it and choose something that didn’t work out as well? We’ve all done it and we’ve done it repeatedly.

Look nothing’s 100 percent, but our instinct – that first impulse when we’re faced with a choice – has it’s advantages over what comes next. It’s not limited or filtered or justified. In many ways, it’s more completely connected to who you really are and to your connection to the vast wisdom of the universe.

Beyond that impulse, shoulds and fears and various forms of conditioning start to mold and shape your decision until it’s barely recognizable as yours.

I’m not suggesting that you be anti-intellectual and refuse to think or consider all possibilities. Only that you recognize the value, the wisdom, and authenticity that first impulse emits and that you give it a fair chance to inform your choices.

Examples

Examples could go from the very simple to the very significant decisions in your life.

  • You wake up one morning and think, I should go to work a different way today. Quickly, your rational mind starts demanding answers as to why you should change. The way you usually goes works fine. Why mess with it? Is your intuition just trying to mix up or is sharing profoundly important information? The only way to know is to take it up on its suggestion.
  • You’ve got two job offers. All the data says take one job, but your intuition is loudly objecting that you should take the other. Which is right? Either could be right, but it’s fair to ask why your unfiltered, authentic self is suggesting you go against the data. Is something amazing waiting for you on the other side of that choice?

Ultimately, we choose a path. Hindsight is often the only gauge to see which was the better choice. Yet, I’ll bet you’ve regretted not following your instinct many more times than you have rejecting something you overthought.

Just sayin’.

Today’s video affirmation encourages you to follow your instincts.

Trust, young Skywalker, trust!

Ray

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Listen to Your Great Ideas – Day 107 of 365 Days to a Better You

Listen to your ideas

Today’s Thought
Every great achievement began as a small thought in the mind of someone who partly doubted it, but acted anyway.

We are all amazing idea machines. We crank them out constantly. Most of them are not game-changers. Yet, I’ll guarantee you, if you’re breathing and reading this post, you’ve had ideas that would have changed your life if not the world.

The quote above describes how almost every idea that has changed lives and changed the world began. Occasionally, we’re swept up in an amazing idea, but usually it’s that little voice inside of us that says, “That’s a good idea.”

Most of us, though, move on with our day and forget about the idea until we see it manifested in the world by someone else.

Power hack: So, I’d like you to join me in a little experiment for the next seven days. Each time you have an idea – big or small – about something that could make a difference in the world, I want you to capture it somewhere. Don’t wait. Capture when you have it so you don’t forget. Don’t “try” to think of things. Just let it happen in the course of your day. Notice things that need solutions.

By this time next week, I’d be shocked if you don’t have several incredible, viable ideas. What you choose to do with them is up to you, but you’ll never again wonder if you’re capable. You are!

If you’re inspired to share them below as you have them, I’d love to hear them! Thanks for reading the blog. Your support means everything!

Ray

P.S. It is Day 10 of my 10-day soda detox. So, I’ve gleaned a couple of benefits. I’ve noticed I have better focus without the soda in my system. I also noticed the afternoon crash was not as severe, if it happened at all. I was hoping it might benefit my psoriasis, but I didn’t notice any improvement from that.

Tonight I will post a video of me enjoying a Dr. Pepper for the first time in 10 days. I am committed, though, going forward to significantly cut back my soda intake. What were your results? I’d love to hear below!