This month I’ve had a month of coincidences and going with what ‘feels’ right. The first few months of starting your own business are probably the hardest, you are super excited but also scared and often we fall into a scarcity mindset where we take whatever job comes along. We tune out of our intuition and start doing things we ‘think’ we should do. I was very guilty of this and read all about how important networking events were so I signed up yet deep in my stomach I felt a resistance. After that I promised myself to listen to my intuition particularly with promises of work and potential projects. I’ve actually started saying ‘no’ and each time i haven’t regretted it!
My yoga teacher said we are in a new age where we have all the information we need but it is more important than ever to develop an inner wisdom that discerns what will be good and truthful and what is a waste of our time.
THE BEST IDEAS COME WHE YOU ARE IN A STATE OF FLOW
Here are my top tips for getting in touch with your intuition and switching off the often distracting voices in our head that can lead us to makign the wrong decisions in business and in life!
1. DEVELOP A MINDFUL PRACTICE
Meditation, yoga, drawing, running, walking, gardening, music making all these activities we experience ‘flow’ where we are in the moment and trusting in our natural instincts. When our mind is quiet we can listen to that inner voice.
2. TUNE IN WITH YOUR GUT.
It’s not just our head that influences our emotions, studies have also shown how the gut is linked to our brain. The old saying ‘gut feeling’ proves that this has been around for centuries. So if your head thinks this new deal or investment seems too good to be true then listen to your gut, is something resisting? If so then your sub conscious is picking up on something that isn’t quite right. A few months later you will probably see that it was right!
3. BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
As a business it can be hard to carve your own unique path and ignore some of the online advice but by following your own path, embracing your individuality and connecting with people who you are drawn to you will find that opportunities will start to arise. Since joining @ethicalhour I’ve connected with some amazing people naturally and this has been far better and more fulfilling than ‘networking’ events and traditional cold email selling.
4. SLEEP ON IT
When we are in meetings it can be easy to get carried away with promises and sales people know this is the best time to convince you to say yes. I always say I will think about it so I can go away, contemplate and tune in with my intuition. Sometimes I sleep on it and that time to process will guide me to the right decision
“SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO QUITEN EVERYTHING IN ORDER TO HEAR IT PROPERLY”
I’ve spoken to a few people whose work I admire and here is what they said
“I’m all for listening to your guts and instinct. Sometimes you need to quiten everything in order to hear it properly” Susan Earlam author, blogger from www.susanearlam.com
And from Ellie from E Hirst Digital www.ehirstdigital.co.uk, explains…
“Working within social media, I have to take note of my gut feeling more often than not. A huge part of social media management is knowing when to take risks in a campaign and when not to. Sometimes it’s worth it to post the risky tweet or Facebook post, because it’s easy to get stale in creating social media content – Part of producing fresh and new content involves an element of risk. Being intuitive is bringing marketing back to a people-focused approach, rather than data alone.”
Have you had any points where you wished you had listen to your intuition?
Until next time,
Hello! I’m Charlotte the founder of Creative Wilderness. I love to collaborate with forward thinking brands. I’ve had over 10 years in the design industry working at big agencies on brands including Wilkinson Sword, Peroni, Kozel, Energizer, McCann, The Hut Group, Pilsner, Aldi, Cambridge University, Harbour Hotels and many many more.
Before jumping into design I dreamed of being a Rock star and studied music at Paul McCartneys music school ‘The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts’. I spent a few years as a pro musician where I toured, played festivals, recorded albums and also a music video. I still love playing sax and bass in bands and music and design make me feel alive and inspired!
3 things that keep me motivated are yoga or runs every morning, matcha tea and 6music!