My knees buckled. I couldn’t breathe. Tears sprung to my eyes. I felt numb with shock. I read the Facebook post, weeping, learning that my friend’s daughter had passed that morning after a tragic accident. A parent’s worst nightmare realized.
This blow came while I was coping with previous grief, health challenges, and business technical set-backs. I felt depleted, empty, spent.
Despite being a business owner with much to do, I didn’t want to do anything. Have you been there?
Maybe you’ve been in place where you feel like every time you take three steps forward you go two steps back? Or despite your best efforts, things aren’t going the way you hoped?
Do you soldier on, or do you do the unthinkable – take time off?
To an entrepreneur, taking time off is something almost unheard of. After all, there’s ALWAYS something that needs to be done when you’re a business owner.
But how do you know the difference between knowing when it’s okay to slack off a bit and being a SLACK-ER?
It all comes down to one thing, listening to your intuition.
There is a vast difference between heeding the universe’s whispers to slow down and just BE so you can hear what to do next vs. feeling fearful about doing something and thus procrastinating or getting sidetracked by doing less important tasks.
Obviously, when a tragedy occurs it’s completely acceptable to honour yourself and do what you feel you need to do in each minute.
But if you’re working on your first webinar (and feel scared and nervous about it) this isn’t the time to listen to your inner voice that tells you maybe you are better off re-organizing your office or posting infographics on Facebook. That’s not your inner GPS speaking, that’s your Ego – the voice that tries to keep you in your comfort zone.
So how can you differentiate between the two? Your intuition will always give you instructions that help keep you on your path and purpose. It will guide you by giving you REPEATED thoughts, ideas or gut feelings. Your Ego will give you fear-based instructions that end up pulling you further and further away from your path and purpose.
When it comes to being successful and having a happy life and business it’s obviously more prudent to listen to your inner GPS, yet sadly, most people do not.
They trust, and act upon, what their ego tells them to do because they believe it’s coming from their “rational mind” and as a result, they usually don’t achieve the goals they set out for themselves.
Successful people, on the other hand, have learned how to tune into their inner GPS (aka intuition) and tune out their nagging inner critic (aka ego). It takes some patience and skill but anyone can learn how to do this effectively. And I personally believe, honing your intuition is the NUMBER ONE skill that all entrepreneurs need to develop, if they haven’t already. In fact, a study from the Newark College of Engineering showed that CEOs who demonstrate intuition create more PROFITS for their business.
On top of that, intuitive people are known for being more creative, more successful and living happier lives? And that’s because intuition makes you more understanding of others and therefore a better leader, manager and parent.
So the next time you feel like it’s a better idea to re-organize your sock drawer than it is to book a speaking gig, check in with yourself and ask – is this action going to bring me closer to my goals or take me further away from them.
Sorry, your socks are gonna have to wait.
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