It’s confession time.
There’s something huge I’ve been hiding from you about how I run my business. It’s an important detail I’ve left out of the equation.
I’ve kept it a secret not because I wanted to keep the goods to myself or because I’m afraid you’ll judge me. It’s neither of those things.
I’ve kept it a secret because I’m not sure how to explain what this actually is or how I’ve come to use it. I can’t teach it to you in my usual step-by-step fashion with practical, implementable tips that yield immediate results.
Because it’s not a step-by-step kind of thing. It’s so much more complex and nuanced than that.
Yes, step-by-step formulas, techniques, and tips have been essential to making my business work and have created massive results for my clients.
And there’s this other thing that has helped me just as much. I’m not going to hide it from you any longer.
First: a quick story.
I Was Almost Kidnapped in High School
It’s the fall of my sophomore year in high school. I’m walking with my friend (I’ll call her Jane.) from my house to hers. She lives two doors down in our sleepy Boston suburb.
It’s dark outside. There are no cars on the street. Everyone’s at home with their families.
Just before we reach Jane’s driveway, a car drives up and pulls over.
As if controlled by an external force, in sync, Jane and I stop dead in our tracks.
She turns to me and says, “Get ready to run.”
Two men step out of the car. We bolt up Jane’s lawn, bang on the front door, and scurry inside in a panic.
Later that night, Jane and her mom walk me home. Jane’s mom carries Jane’s field hockey stick for protection. (That’s all we had. Remember: quiet, sleepy suburbs.)
On their return walk, the car approaches again. Thankfully, they make it back to their house safely.
Two men in a car may not unnerve you if you live in a city, but in our little neighborhood, this was not a typical scene. People didn’t park on the streets unless there’s a party. And there was no party that night. Everyone knew everyone, except we didn’t know these men.
So what was it that stopped Jane and me in sync when the car pulled up? It wasn’t logic. We stopped to quickly to “think it through” or “ask questions.”
Instead, we were stopped suddenly by the power of our intuition.
What told Jane to prepare us to dart up the lawn? Again: intuition.
Kidnapping and My Business
At the time, I didn’t think about intuition. It wasn’t a part of my vocabulary nor my everyday thinking.
But this high school story relates to a second important story I want to tell you today.
It’s August 2008. I’m waist-deep in my search for a new career to escape corporate drudgery. I know I need a new path, but I’m not sure what it should be. I’m thinking about going into counseling, checking out night programs to get my Masters, but I’m just not sure.
I call therapist I once worked with to ask her what she thought. “Was therapy the right career path for me?”
She says, “I’m sure you could do it. That’s not the question. I think there’s a part of you that would do much better working with people who are in a good place and want to go someplace even better. Have you thought about life coaching?”
I share my litany of excuses why that’s not a good idea. She counters, “You should check out this woman I know named Susan. She’s a life coach, and I think you’d like her.”
I gave Susan a call, and we chatted for an hour about life coaching. She said, “I’m giving a talk tomorrow night about The Work of Byron Katie. It’s related to my life coaching work. You should come.”
I went. And honestly, at the end of the talk my brain felt scrambled. I didn’t really understand The Work, but there was a huge sense of “I must know more!”
I went to the website for The Work and saw there was a 9 day program in October in Los Angeles. It was $4200 + travel. I had never spent money like that on myself before, but I knew I HAD TO GO. I booked it within 24 hours.
I didn’t even understand The Work, yet I knew without a doubt that I had to be there.
I went to The School for The Work for 9 days. I returned home and signed up for life coach training. I started my business… and the rest is history.
What got me to The School? My intuition.
What helped me enroll in the coach training perfect for me? My intuition.
The internal pull I felt to take both of these huge financial leaps was undeniable. I still didn’t know about intuition, nor was I really even thinking about it. But it was strong enough to break through my logical mind and set me on the right path.
In the Everyday Stuff, Too
My intuition saved me from a kidnapping. My intuition got me on my right career path. That’s all good, but honestly, those were one-hit-wonders.
Since then, my intuition has become so much more than freakish, random blasts to help me on my path. It has become my compass every single day.
My intuition helps me…
– know when I should launch a program
– determine if I should work with someone as a client
– know which person to hire in my business
– feel confident that I’m taking the right medication for my Lyme disease
– and so much more.
Yes, I use practical tips, tools, systems, process, and step-by-step methodologies to create massive success in my business. And I use my intuition every single day.
Without it, I’d be lost.
With it, I’m on track, focused, and clear.
Without it, I’d be scrambling, simply balancing pros and cons and thinking about things only using my mind.
With it, I have incredible depth to my decision-making, helping me me step forward with calmness and confidence.
It’s because of my intuition that I was able to invest in a $20k mastermind program feeling calm and confident, even though I didn’t have the money to pay for it.
It is because of my intuition that I was able to leave a business partnership after investing 9 months of intense time and energy to make it happen.
It is because of my intuition that I started taking medication for Lyme disease before the conclusive tests results were in.
And every one of these moves has been EXACTLY RIGHT for me.
Armed with intuition, I am able to make big (and small) decisions with calmness, clarity, and confidence, even if I don’t have all of the information my logical mind thinks is necessary to move forward.
My success would be very limited if I only used my mind. I’ve needed my intuition to reach my full potential. Tweet that!
The Journey Continues
Since my intuitive moment in 2008, I’ve been walking down the path of developing and honing my intuition. It hasn’t always been linear, easy, or straightforward. It started out murky, frustrating, and wildly uncomfortable. And some days it’s still like that.
Overall, however, intuition – paired with logic – runs my business and my life.
Whenever I’m faced with a question about what next step to take, I check in with my intuition.
Whenever I have a hunch that I should or shouldn’t do something, I listen. Even when it doesn’t make sense.
And I remind myself, sometimes daily, that “this is how I want to live.” Meaning, I want to listen to and follow my intuition for the big and the small things.
Whether in matters of life or business, I let my intuition guide me. It means my logical mind isn’t always in charge. Sometimes my ego has to step aside. And I may not know where I’m headed or why. But this is the choice I’ve made because it feels right.
And so far, it seems to be working out really, really well.
What’s Yours Telling You?
I’ve taken a circuitous path to learn to hear, trust, and follow my intuition. I’ve been blessed with wise teachers and friends who have helped me deepen my own knowing.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Tell me…
How connected are you with your intuition? What is your next step for deepening this connection?
If you use your intuition in business, how do you use it? Or how would you like to use it?
What questions do you have about using intuition in life and business?
What tips, articles, ideas, or books have you found useful in learning to connect with and listen to your intuition?
I can’t wait to hear all of your thoughts, insights, questions and suggestions in the comments below. I know we’ll have a lively, helpful, intuitive conversation here today!
As always, thank you so much for reading. And please, if you know someone who wants to use their intuition in business or has tips for helping others, please pass along this article!