Why You Should Listen to Your Inner Voice

Inner Voice, Inner Knowing, Higher Self, Soul, Purpose

I would venture to guess that most of us are not living a life led by our inner voice. If it weren’t for a recent jolting life experience (see previous post), I would still be struggling to meet external standards of success while sacrificing my own precious happiness. I was always living by “the book” — killing myself to meet all of society’s rules for schooling, and working, and spending, and saving, et cetera. I totally bought into ideas like, “not everyone can work their dream job,” that “work should be hard,” that our “success is directly proportionate to how hard we work,” that “we should work to live.” These ideas do not have to be true, unless we believe them! In fact, whatever we believe will become our reality.

Inner Voice, Higher Self, Inner Knowing, Soul, Purpose

This year, in hopes of creating a much happier reality, I am choosing to believe differently. After surviving some difficult experiences over the past few years (loss of a parent, miscarriage, serious debt, etc), it’s become blissfully clear to me that there’s nothing more important than following our own happiness, and the fastest way to get there is by listening to our inner voice. This voice is our soul guiding us to our soul’s purpose. There is nothing that can make us happier in life than living our soul’s dream.

Inner Voice, Inner Knowing, Higher Self, Soul, Purpose

So, I’m swapping out old ideals of hard work and serious business for dreams. It may sound totally Pollyana-ish and airy fairy and woo woo and all the rest, but I’m willing to bet that 2019 is my happiest year on record.

If I were still hellbent on following societal norms, I would be feverishly pushing myself to apply for bigger, better law firm jobs and would be striving to get published in law journals and striving to serve as an officer for various legal groups, and adding more pro bono hours to my resume, BUT my inner voice just says, “BLEH!” I, the big me, the cosmic me, does not want to do any of that.  Cosmic me LOVES working on this blog and wants to start designing a new website and writing personal development content for more regular posts. Cosmic me wants to be a blogger, author, life coach, Reiki master, and healer.

Inner Voice, Inner Knowing, Higher Self, Soul, Purpose

Yes, it’s SO scary to follow my inner voice — especially when everyone around me seems to disapprove of where it’s leading! No one says, “Go, squander your law degree and the hundreds of thousands of debt you incurred and follow your dreams.” No one says, “Try for a 3rd career at age 37 with a 2 year old and one on the way! The most important thing is that you’re happy!” NO ONE says this, except me, which is all I need.

Inner Voice, Inner Knowing, Higher Self, Soul, Purpose

The reason I know that listening to my inner voice is working is because I am so much happier already! I don’t feel stifled and depressed and bored and restless – I feel lighter and freer and creative and in alignment with me. Just a little bit of passion-project time goes a long way!

Your inner voice is SO important. It’s you. It’s the real, authentic you. It wants nothing more than to be seen and heard and expressed in the world. It is your purpose in this life, and abiding by it is critical to finding and cultivating happiness.

Please feel free to share your thoughts. I would love to hear your stories around purpose, inner voice, and happiness!

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10 thoughts on “Why You Should Listen to Your Inner Voice

  1. Good for you and you are on your way to a meaningful life. I have had it all, the careers, the house with the white picket fence and in the end, although. Have appreciated it all because I worked for it, I learned to listen to my inner voice. Instead of trying so hard to fit in, I relish the thought of not being like everyone else. I’m unique and the right people will accept me for who I am. I have learned that less is more and that a passport full of stamps is worth more than a house full of stuff. Working towards my tiny home on wheels right now.
    Wishing you all the best on your journey. You are wise and unfortunately it was adversity and bad experiences that got you here, but unfortunately it the only way we learn and be impacted at such a grand scheme. Hugs

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    1. Sorry for not replying sooner! I’m still figuring things out here! How cool you’re working toward your tiny home! What an awesome adventure. And, I so agree — I’d so much rather find those people who get me, who speak the same language, who lift me up and make my life better! Seems the only way to find them is to show-up in the world as authentically as possible — no walls, no fake stuff! Was there a turning point for you — a certain point where you realized or decided you wanted to live by your inner voice? Thanks so much for your kind words. Best, Sommer

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  2. Thank you for sharing this post. I also feel like this year is going to be “the” year! It is not easy to listen to your inner voice and discard the opinions of others who are just trying to help but that do not resonate with or feel right for you. I am working on listening to my inner voice myself as I tend to trust my head more and only realise afterwards that I knew the right answer all along and just did not trust myself….I truly believe that we can create the life of our dreams and I wish you courage and perseverance and lots of positive energy! ❤️

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    1. So sorry for the delayed reply! I’m new here and just figuring things out. It’s so encouraging to hear that there’s another free soul out there trying to let the heart lead this year! It just really seems like the heart knows the way — like it’s got some direct connection to the truth of who we are and to the truth of what we’re supposed to be doing here! I’ve been denying it, denying it, denying it and trying so hard to do things every other logical way my brain can come up with, but it just hasn’t worked. I’m not at all where I thought I would be. At this point, it just can’t hurt to listen to that inner voice… Cheers!

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    1. Thanks, Christy. I can’t wait to see where I end up. Just gotta keep goin! Lol. Shouldn’t be so hard to keep goin since I’m following my passion this time around — I’m actually enjoying what I’m doing. What a novel concept! Haha.

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