Ever second guess yourself or wonder what someone else would do in your situation? Sure, we’ve all been there, but this way of thinking doesn’t really solve our problems. When we look for answers outside ourselves we remain conflicted and confused. Only when we stop and think for ourselves and learn to listen to what our inner voice and gut is telling us do we find answers and peace. I’m not saying the answers are always going to be pleasant, but if you’re true to yourself in tough situations you’ll be better off in the long run. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” When you do nothing you give up control and become an observer instead of an active player in your life.
Going with your gut is all about learning to trust yourself. You’re living it, you can feel it, why not believe in it? Our society teaches us to always be looking for the next best thing, reaching for something better, competing and searching, but this way of living tends to bring disappointment and heartache. Once you become tired of chasing and clear your head, you realize this whole time you’ve been living out someone else’s opinions, dreams and demands. Mindfulness helps you get in touch with your mind, body and soul so that when you’re conflicted you’ll have the power and skills to look inside yourself and find the answers.
One of my favorite quotes is, “Follow your heart but take your brain with you.” This is right. You shouldn’t rely solely on your feelings and gut to guide your way, but instead get them working in harmony so you can turn to and depend on them in time of need. When your mind and gut come together, the truth is born. Intuition literally means learning from within. Most of us weren’t taught how to use this sense, but all of us know well that “gut” feeling. Learn to trust your inner feeling and it will become stronger. Avoid going against your better judgment or getting talked into things that just don’t feel right (Doe Zantamata).
Slow down and listen to what you’re mind and body are trying to tell you. Trust that you know best and are capable enough to make a tough decision. Most importantly, believe in yourself and know that you’re going to be okay because you listened to yourself. Mind the butterflies in your stomach…they’re trying to tell you something.