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I just read a series of articles in the most recent Oprah magazine about intuition.  As a mother, I have always believed in intuition, but I also feel I am more intuitive than some.  I have been trying to listen to my intuition more lately. 

My intuition is a big driver in exploring new careers.  As I stop and listen to that little voice, she has become louder and more definitive in where she’s trying to lead me.  My intuition has had to overcome the bully that is my intellect.  My intuition has been quietly whispering to me that a more purposeful and passionate career is out there, but that bully, my intellect, kept stepping in and drowning out my intuition. 

Intellect told me how fortunate I am, I have a great career, a loving family and wonderful friends, how dare I want more.  Intellect told me that those crazy ideas coming from my intuition were risky and half-baked.  But my intuition is like the little engine that could, it quietly persisted, and it built up steam.  I would sit in a meeting or work on a project and my intuition would suggest how what I was doing could be leveraged in a new role.  Intuition is sweet, she validates the choices I have made thus far and has shown me how they could be a path to my next stop.  The more I listened, the easier it was to see new possibilities.

For my intuition to work well for me, I have had to give her respect.  I have had to publicly stand by my intuition with conviction in order to get others to listen to my intuition.  You might ask yourself, who else needs to listen to my intuition – uh, my husband!  He’s in operations, he believes in data, research and is a dedicated follower of intellect.  Imagine his reaction when I went to him several months ago and said, “something tells me that I am meant to do something different”.  He and his intellect, joined forces with my intellect and really challenged my intuition.  But overtime, I have shared the points my wise intuition have made and even my intellect-driven husband is now supporting me exploring other options.  (He did make some “irrational” demands like, not giving up my current income and researching my ideas before jumping with both feet).  But we’re all a work in process. 😉

The more I listen to my intuition, the happier I find myself.  My intuition is my best ally and she helps me with career ideas plus so much more.  As a mom, I have always listened to parenting suggestions from my intuition, but now I listen to my intuition around choices with friends and family as well.  So far intuition has not steered me wrong (as long as you don’t count 80’s wardrobe choices!).

As proof of this, here are some of my intuitive moments from today:

  • My house is quiet, but my kids are home, I sense trouble
  • I heard the toilet flush more than once, I sense trouble
  • My daughter is holding my son’s Lego, I sense trouble
  • My son has asked for glue, but told me not to worry, I sense trouble
  • I sense a cocktail in my future

See!  This intuition girl knows her stuff!  You know what else, my intuition told me?  That I have some amazing opportunities on the horizon.  She also told me I am very fortunate to have a network of friends to support me in this journey!  Why wouldn’t I listen to someone who tells me what I am hoping to hear?!

Are you an intellect or an intuition person?  Maybe a combination of both?

  1. July 29, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Go with the gut! I am building my gut up at a medium pace in order to be able to lead with it continuously! What new career path are you considering? You would probably be great at anything!

  2. July 29, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Intuition is a quiet friend and if she takes back seat to intellect too often, she will get out of the car. If you want to know her, she needs time with you just like any other friend. She’s a little crazy sometimes though…

  3. July 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I would like to think I strike the perfect balance between both (because wouldn’t THAT be ideal?)

    Sadly, I am not at all perfect or ideal.

    I slip heavily (and uncontrollably) onto the side of the scale that reads: Intuition.
    against better judgment, logic, or reason.

    My gut (heart? soul? stomach?) tells me what to do and then I try to convince my husband I’m right.

    Sometimes this requires cocktails and/or nudity.


    It’s been working for us so far…

    I think you’re on the right track, Paige.
    For what it’s worth.

  4. July 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    You write so beautifully, Paige. I’m a big fan of intuition – you won’t regret it if you follow it. Also, when we have our cocktails I’ll give you a tarot card reading 🙂

  5. August 2, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Definitely go with what feels important to you. I have the conviction to start my own business and I have been fighting it, but recently I went through a period at work, where I knew I could deliver so much more, if only I was doing what I love. Sometimes, we are in a great career but a new career path could offer so much more.

  1. August 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm

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