Serial entrepreneurs and inspirational leaders such a Richard Branson, Vishen Lakhiani, Marisa Peer and Steve Jobs have spoken many a wise word about their learning’s and insights as they’ve grown their respective multi-million dollar global empires; the latter is quoted as saying…
“Follow your heart and intuition. Somehow they already know what you truly want to become.”Steve Jobs
My question is ‘How many of us do this?’ – Do we really follow our heart and listen to what our internal compass is telling us? I’ve often thought ‘Am I on the right path?’ and ‘Am I bringing the best me to the table?’ – When I’m tuned into my intuition, when I’m fully aware and fully conscious, I find it’s almost impossible not to follow it. However, at other times questions arise – do I go left, do I go right, or simply ignore what I’m hearing and plough straight ahead because its what’s familiar?
Follow your intuition
In many situations throughout my life – both personal and professional – I’ve had a feeling, some may call it gut instinct, others a flash of intuition, that I’ve chosen to follow or ignore in a split second. Needless to say every time I’ve chosen to ignore it, it’s backfired. I was told whilst growing up ‘don’t be selfish – think of others first’ and whilst I value advice, often times it’s not advice that I was seeking, but more to be really heard and listened to. Those who have been lucky enough to experience coaching will know what I mean by this.
Now more than every it’s so important to follow your intuition, to listen to the whisper that’s inside – I have no doubt that it will lead you to where your heart wants to be and where your passion truly lives.
Insights for everyday
I’ve always had an active interest in personal development, and during the last four years or so I’ve created the opportunity, and created the time and money, to really invest and explore my curiosity – it’s been an incredible journey to date and one that I know will continue to evolve.
During that time I’ve come up against some opposition (people who don’t value or understand personal development) and those that have been keen to know more – thankfully the latter has been more prominent; an open mindset certainly generates more insightful and interesting conversations. Fundamentally I guess you can say it’s about finding the ‘essence’ of who we are, through words, thoughts, feelings, images, experiences, and looking at what they create. Similarly you could say it’s about finding a special kind of people – a tribe who share your values and beliefs – who enable you to explore the real you.
What I do know is that when people can feel you through what it is that you are doing, and creating, it enables a new level of connection and a new level of relationship – the kind of relationship that delivers new insights every day.
Find our personal brand voice
Brands are built on visions, values and beliefs – and these criteria can equally apply to businesses as they do to individuals.
I believe we live in a world where finding our tribe is so much more important than material things that give momentary pleasure. I want to attract people that resonate with me, who share my values, and who believe what I believe – because it makes me feel real and connected. Moreover, I believe people invest in people because of who they are, the stories they tell, the insights they share, and the knowledge they bring to the table – people buy based on what they want to become and achieve. Therefore it’s essential to live in the fullness of your potential and find your brand voice – you’ll find fluid, natural synchronicities start to happen.
Be curious and inquisitive
Focusing on personal development and coaching has been truly transformational, so much so I’m now a MOE certified coach. It unlocks our potential, enables us to tune into our intuition, gives us real insight, and helps us to make the right choices on what’s true, and to create what we love in all areas of our lives.
Having completed an NLP Diploma in January I’m now half way through the NLP Practitioner. Why do I continue to study? Because I love learning, I’m inquisitive about how our brains are wired, and I’m keen to discover and understand a range of tools and techniques to better serve myself, and my clients.
Focus on the end result
When we have an end result to focus on and a goal in mind we’re actively moving towards something that will serve us, rather than moving away from something – be that an environment, person or place – that doesn’t. In this mindset our energy propels us forward, we have a real sense that what we are doing will nourish our soul; benefit ourselves, and also those around us – family, colleagues, friends, neighbours and the wider community.
Be in alignment with you
We’re way beyond a time where people buy just information or products or services, because they need that information or that product or those services. No matter how good the product or service is, people buy in to people.
Become more congruent in the way you present yourself both online and offline – be prepared to stand out, because when you are that one person, saying the same thing, in the same way as everybody else, nobody is really paying attention.
It’s no longer enough just to be awesome at what you do – it’s really about who you are and how you make people feel – this is what people remember; this is what makes you stand out.
In other words
Give to yourself, be in alignment with you, refocus your energy and create what you love. Leave footprints of love and kindness wherever you go and be the type of person you want to be – shine brilliantly and lead change to a positive future.