When my youngest son was born, it was only a matter of weeks before my intuition told me that something wasn’t quite right.

Except I couldn’t put my finger on it but there was this inner knowing, something that can be difficult to explain.

Up until he was eventually diagnosed I hadn’t listened to my intuition which in turn caused me a lot of heartache and challenges along the way. Although I do believe that our experiences will lead us to where we are supposed to be.

From the time, he was born until about 4 years later, I had this nagging within that told me to keep pushing, to keep fighting for answers and to stand my ground.

When he was diagnosed, my intuition was validated in the most devastating kind of a way, that no mother really wants to hear. That there something is seriously wrong. But I can tell you that because of this life-changing the experience I not only trust my intuition, I don’t make any decisions without checking with my inner gut sense first.

But trusting your intuition is so much more than just all of what and I am going to share some reasons of why you ought to listen to your gut.

You can tap into intuition from past experiences

The ability to check in with yourself is unique to you. You have experiences you can reflect on and evaluate and even analyze how you felt during a moment or decision you have made. Learning to trust your gut instinct will help you not only prevent further heartache but guide you into the direction of where you want to go. I always say if it feels like a should or is uncomfortable then check in with your gut.

I will caution though that there is stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t what I am talking about here because you want to push yourself a little, but if your body is reacting with a feeling in your body, feel it and respond with the opposite action and see how it feels then.

Intuition can get straight to the point

When you are asking yourself a question, go with the first answer that comes to mind. This is your intuition speaking before you have a chance to overthink your action or reaction to something. In a recent session, a client set a goal about how many people she is going to get on the phone. She responded with 3 and then tried to change her answer feeling like that 3 is too low. But that number is what she needed to go after to start taking action.

Intuition guides you to stay or leave

Have you ever gone to a social function and in every fiber of your being you wanted to leave? There is energy in the room that is potentially damaging to your own energy. Or your instinct is telling you to leave because something is about to happen and it’s protecting you from being part of it. We hear about this from people who avoided disasters that their intuition told them to leave and shortly thereafter the disaster occurred. Last year, I had a call about being featured in a magazine and that was super exciting until they told me they wanted money and my intuition was like, hold up – nope this isn’t right. After some research, I learned that this is a scam to get your money.

Intuition teaches you to trust yourself

As you read part of my story above, you can see that trusting my intuition was spot on. And the more you trust your intuition, the more you trust yourself. It will become automatic over time without too much pondering about it. Whether it is a job, business or a relationship trust that intuition because it will help you recognize red flags before you commit to something that may not be the best thing for you.

Intuition helps you ditch regrets

Do you live with regrets? Things you should have avoided or started? Personally, I don’t believe in regrets because every decision we make, was the right decision in that moment and time. But by trusting your intuition, you can live life knowing that you are being guided by the inner compass of yours.

And that is what intuition really is, an inner compass to protect you from harm while living the life you want with limited or no regrets.

My son’s genetic disorder became unmanageable and it was recommended to undergo a liver transplant. I trusted my intuition that this was the right move and even though we had to go through some major challenges, I know that it was the decision we had to make, no matter the outcome.

So I encourage you to listen to that inner voice. Write about it until you can feel yourself trusting it.

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

The Rebels Den

Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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