Inside: a short discourse on trusting your intuition, in business and in life, over logic and mind
This isn’t the article I was going to write this week. My editorial calendar tells me I should be writing about how to design a business card, showcasing both my work and some cool features in Canva.
But, unusually for me, I’ve been kicking the can down the road all week.
I know a lot of solopreneurs look at writing blog posts as a chore. One they either avoid completely or engage in very sporadically.
Not me, though. I love to write.
And I enjoy writing for you – giving you tips to make your brand and website better, sharing Canva and WordPress tricks to make your life easier, and pulling back the curtain on my processes so you know what to expect when we work together.
So what was the deal with not feeling like writing about designing a business card?
The honest answer is, I don’t know for sure. But my husband thought I should share this with you instead. And as soon as he said it, I knew in my gut that he was right.
So let’s talk about something that many business owners reject as too woo…
Why you should listen to your intuition
You know that time something happened, and you went, “I knew that was going to happen!”
Well, that was your intuition talking.
And if you made your decision based on that knowing before your “something” happened, good for you! That means you were listening to your intuition.
But all too often, it’s more like “Oh, I knew I should have…” – spoken with chagrin because even though we knew better, we went against it.
Regret. Shame. A new segment added to the blooper reel in your head.
That’s what happens when you don’t listen to your intuition.
And it seems like the fix should be easy – just listen next time. But, of course, there’s more to it than that.
Where is your intuitive center?
Yeah, yeah, everybody says “listen to your gut,” – but is that where your intuition center is?
What does that even mean, really? Are you supposed to put an ear to your stomach? Hand on your intestines?
I tend to rely on Human Design for this bit because it tells you pretty clearly where your specific source of intuition lies. Get your free chart here if you don’t have one yet.
As a Splenic Projector, I get my cues as quiet whispers in the instant.
Your intuition might be different.
About half of the population have what Human Design calls Emotional Authority, which means they get their cues from the ups and downs of their emotional waves. And there are five other types of intuition/authority you could have.
But this isn’t a dissertation on Human Design so if you’re interested, read and listen to the Strategy and Authority section that comes with your free chart.
Knowing where your intuitive hits come from is a good start, but it’s not quite enough.
Because if you don’t trust them and act on them, it’s almost like they never happened in the first place.
So let’s talk about this most critical bit…
How to trust your intuition
Most of us grow up trying to please the adults in our world. It’s natural, as we need them to take care of us, but it also leads to suppressing our intuitive hits.
As a result, trusting your intuitive insights may take some practice.
And that’s okay.
The most important thing is not to override your intuition with your mind.
Your mind is a loud chatterbox that speaks in all kinds of voices – your own, and also a whole committee of people you once trusted (and might still trust).
But those voices will often lead you in the wrong direction.
So tune them out, and tune into your inner knowing. Listen for the quiet yes or no, and don’t analyze it.
You can practice with small, relatively unimportant decisions where very little is at stake, so it doesn’t feel like a big deal. Like cleaning out your closet and deciding which tops and jeans to keep.
Eventually, as you act on your instinctive perceptions more and more, and see the results, your faith in them will grow.
And that’s all for today. I’m getting a sense that there’s more to say on this subject, so this article might grow in the near future.
But for now, I hope it helped you understand why you need to trust your intuition, the way yours really works, and how you can learn to rely on it.