Have you ever had a conversation like this in your head?
You: Ooooh, that __________ (dance, career, business idea, project, outfit, etc.) looks amazing. I want to try that.
Also You: Are you nuts? That’s so impractical.
That’s too much.
Stay in your lane.
You’re too old/young/inexperienced/washed-up/etc.
Just like that, you shut yourself down. You reject your own creative impulses and dreams before you’ve even had a chance to explore them. Besides missing out on some potentially life-changing adventures, there’s another more insidious consequence.
You’re teaching yourself to ignore your inner voice — without even realizing it.
What Is Your Inner Voice & Why Do You Need It?
Your inner voice is that still, small voice within that exists to help guide and direct your life. Your inner voice is wiser, kinder, and more intelligent than the whiny, repetitive, often negative mean-girl voice that blabs constantly in your head.
Another name for your inner voice is your “gut feeling,” a bodily sense that can be hard to put into words but exists to help you navigate your way through any tough decision.
But when you get in the habit of letting external opinions or the fear of failure or criticism guide your decisions — a number of things can happen.
You might struggle with self-doubt, feel conflicted about what you really want in life, or experience anxiety as you strive to constantly choose the “perfect” opportunity.
On today’s MarieTV Live Call-In Show, we work with two brave women struggling with these exact issues.
You’ll hear from Susan, who’s turning 50 and needs clarity on what to do in this new stage of her life. And from Sophie, a multipassionate artist, teacher, and body healer who’s trying to figure out how to reconcile her creative work with her love for teaching.
If you’re struggling to listen to your heart instead of your head, this episode will help.
3 Ways to Tap Into Your Inner Voice
It’s never too late to start listening to your inner voice. As mentioned in the show, these three exercises will help:
- Move. Movement is a powerful vehicle to help you tune into the wisdom of your body. Any type of brisk exercise (dancing, running, walking, swimming, etc.) clears the chatter of your mind so you can more clearly “listen” to your inner voice or “gut hits.”
- Write in a journal, and don’t edit. Put pen to paper and do a brain dump. Resist the urge to edit or judge. Get all of your ideas, dreams, and possibilities on the page. Do this often, and I promise you’ll feel more connected to your true self. In my book, “Everything is Figureoutable,” you’ll get an in-depth series of journal exercises designed specifically to help you find clarity.
- Choose curiosity over fear. Fear is a valuable asset — it keeps you from walking into traffic — but it’s not the voice of your heart. Curiosity, on the other hand, calls forth a sense of playfulness, openness, and wonder. From that emotional space, you’re much more likely to hear your inner voice.
Now, I’d love to hear from you.
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Thank you so much for watching and sharing. Keep listening to your inner voice. It’s there to guide you to your most expressive, joyful, and fulfilling life.
With SO much love ❤️,