How to Hear and Honor Your Inner Voice
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice.”
Those were the tried and truthful words of late Apple founder Steve Jobs in his speech to Stanford University’s class of 2005.
Through conditioning we blind ourselves to the best of who we really are. We become untrusting, too busy, too intellectual, too committed to rules and ideas that, in the end, don’t serve our growth or expand awareness of our authentic self and our purpose. We collude with the internal Border Patrol, limiting our self-expression and access to what is best and right for us.
Do you hear your inner voice? Do you honor the gift that is your true Self? If not, then regularly put these two tips into practice and you will:
First, ask your inner self, “What do I long for?” A word of caution — your inner self is not the incessant chatterer. It is the part of you that notices the chatterer inside your head. Direct your question to the part that notices. Wait patiently, trusting that the answer will come. It may show up as a feeling, a memory or an image. Or it could ride in on something someone says that stimulates an idea.
Step two: Once you get your answer, as long as it causes no harm to you or anyone else, step out of your comfort zone and do it!
To learn more about recognizing and living a fulfilling life guided by your inner voice, check out my book, LIES That Limit. It will help you cut through the Labels, Illusions, Excuses and Stories or LIES that smother your inner voice, your true Self, your Spirit of Purpose.
In his Stanford speech, Jobs went on to say, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”