Intuition is a funny thing. It’s easily second guessed, and sometimes not even noticed at all. Lots of people, myself included, are sometimes so busy with work, family, and activities, and are so tied to their schedule, that they don’t even hear their “gut” when it’s screaming at them.
In fact, I think that’s probably the biggest reason a lot of people never follow their passion – they don’t slow down enough to even figure out what their passion is.
Last November, I followed my intuition by planning a move across country to Colorado. My friends and family thought Shane and I were absolutely crazy, but we knew it our hearts that we needed to do it. Ever since we made the move, I’ve only been proven that it was the right decision. We’re both happier and more active, and have both found great opportunities for work!
Obviously, there’s still the occasional doubt about the future. I mean, my mom, dad, and brother are still back in Illinois. I’m not sure what the future will bring 10 or 15 years from now.
Then the other day, I got a couple messages from former co-workers at the gym I used to manage back in Normal. The owner unexpectedly decided to close the doors and shut down the gym. It immediately dawned on me that if I were to have stayed in Normal and at my job as the gym manager and personal trainer (which I very much enjoyed!) I’d be completely out of a job.
Actually, first, I was sad. I loved that gym and its members. I trained clients in that gym since February 2009, and met so many great people there. I’m still a little sad about it, but moreso, it makes me grateful that I trusted my intuition on moving to Colorado.
I was watching the OWN network the other day (oh, how I miss the Oprah) and the Best of Oprah was on. Specifically, the episode with Tyler Perry and on finding your passion and running with it. Throughout the program, they mentioned two things that really struck a chord with me, on how to find your passion.
They said to ask yourself these questions:
OK, sure, it’s maybe a little morbid, but it really got me thinking.
Lastly, she mentioned that most people, when asked what their passion is, say what their passion is right NOW. For example, their job, their family, their kids, their dog, etc.
Then I also was catching up with Parks and Rec, and April said something to the effect of, “you don’t find your gut feeling, it speaks, and you listen.” I think I totally butchered that quote, but I couldn’t find it on the interwebz, and that’s close enough
all right! Now I’m going to follow my intuition and scoot on over to work
If money were no object, where would you go, and what would you do??