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Learning to trust your own voice

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In my experience, my greatest times of self-doubt arise when I’m not trusting my own inner voice.

The quiet whisper of the spirit within me telling me to wait on God, or push forward with conviction.

To reach out, pull back, step forward.

Be still.

I always know I’m in trouble when I start polling people on what I should do.

A friend, family member, husband, neighbor, stranger…anyone who gives you an answer that seems better, or easier, than your own.

This never ends well.

I can’t count how many times I called a friend or heeded well-meaning advice only to have it send me flat on my face.

And I knew better.

The sting is so much worse when you knew you should’ve done it differently and yet, you just didn’t believe in you.

We need to start learning to trust ourselves.

To trust our own voice.

Call it intuition, call it gut instinct, but it is the voice of your experience.

It knows where you have been, the story you have lived, and the scars that remain.

It helps you to make better choices. Helps you remember where you’ve already been.

Because Lord knows, we don’t need to move backward. After all, we’re freeing up time to move forward.

To be still.

The times when I’ve doubted my own voice, and acted instead on the thoughts and advice of another, I found myself growing further away from my own truth.

I found I didn’t really know what I thought…or if I could trust what I heard.

And as I’m learning to trust my own inner voice, I have found it has led me away from some people.

But has led me to many more amazing people as a result.

We are all on different paths with different dreams and varied stories. And well-meaning or not, another’s advice may not suit your situation or your heart.

We have not only the right, but the responsibility, to take our power back and make decisions that are right for us.

Today’s Challenge: Trust your intuition! There’s a decision or a question or a relationship issue going on in your life and you’re not sure the right answer. The right step. Stop polling people and start believing your own voice. The voice that has been with you through your whole beautiful, messy story. It knows the way.

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  • Stefanie October 8, 2014, 5:34 pm

    Wonderful advice and great post. Blessings:)

  • Jackie Schnedler October 11, 2014, 12:51 am

    Thank you so much for writing this. It is a great reminder to listen to your intuition.

  • Caroline November 16, 2014, 6:17 pm

    This year I had very good reason to listen to my intuition when it was telling me I was having a heart attack … Unfortunately I decided to ignore it and was very lucky things turned out a lot better than they could have done. Our own knowledge of ourself, be it our physical body or our spiritual self, is normally pretty accurate. It is a real shame that we let the pressures of modern life convince us otherwise.
    Thank you for reminding us to trust in ourselves. An important truth that is often forgotten.

    • Tammy November 17, 2014, 5:51 am

      Oh my gosh Caroline, I am so glad to hear you are okay. What an incredible way to learn to trust yourself. So glad you’re here. Blessings to you. xo

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