It is not always easy to tell if our choices are coming from the right place. However, if you follow your intuition, your life is likely to be so much more meaningful and enjoyable. Follow your ego or your fears and you might be successful in some areas, but you are likely to find yourself wondering why you are not as happy as you think you could be.
Learning to determine whether you are being guided by intuition or fear-based ego chatter can make a huge difference in your life. While there are no hard and fast rules to make the distinction, there are a number of tendencies that can serve as a guide.
Here Are 6 Ways to Know if Fear or Intuition Is Talking:
Ego-based decisions are grounded in fear and self-preservation
If you decide to go to medical school primarily for reasons of financial security, that is ego. If you decide to not ask out the beautiful person that lives around the corner, that is ego.
Ego-based decisions typically have emotions connected to them
A choice made from a place of intuition just feels “right” and often comes out of left field. You might be mowing the grass and be hit with the idea of becoming a dog breeder. The resulting battle in your head is your ego fighting back.
Ego-based decisions consider external results
Are you writing a book in order to have a bestseller, or are you writing a book because you are fascinated with the idea of writing a book? Are you taking action to gain certain results, or does the action itself provide satisfaction?
Ego-based decisions involve rationalization
Your ego is wonderful at convincing you that its choice is the right one. “I will never get that job. Imagine how disappointed I will feel when it doesn’t work out. People like me are destined to only be supervisors, but there is nothing wrong with that. I can still have a decent life.”
- This is just a rationalization or justification based upon fear, fear of success or fear of failure.
- The ego tries to justify itself with facts, figures, and logic. Intuition doesn’t require these tricks to compel you. If you are using logic to convince yourself of a course of action, you can bet that’s your ego squawking.
Intuition doesn’t judge
A thought or decision arising from intuition doesn’t involve judgment statements about right or wrong, good or bad. Intuitive thoughts feel calm, relaxed, and peaceful. There is a universal truth to an idea that arises from intuition.
Is the expected gratification coming from within or is it external?
Would you make the same choice if no one would ever know? Would you purchase that BMW if no one ever knew you owned it? Or do you simply love German automobiles and love the idea of owning a prestigious car? Are you driven by money and admiration or by personal satisfaction?
While the ego can be very limiting, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is wrong. Remember that the ego’s motivation is largely based on self-preservation. Your ego believes that it has your best interests at heart. Ignoring the ego can be challenging. It uses fear to influence you. It’s only natural to avoid fear and seek comfort.
The trick is to realize when fear is holding you back from something bigger and better. Sometimes fear is keeping you from doing something unsafe or foolish. Think before choosing which voice to follow and use the tips shared here to help you make a decision that will bring you true happiness.
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