From the perspective of a former people pleaser and affirmation addict, trusting my own intuition, instinct, or what I like to call that "still small voice" within, has brought a radical amazing change to my life.
There are so many reasons people don't trust their gut and hence themselves. A few of my own former reasons rested within the lies of, "What if I'm wrong", or "I'll be rejected if I do" or "How do I answer someone when all I have right now is a feeling" or even, "What if I end up alone." All strong, powerful, LIMITING BELIEFS.
I recently heard the statement, "Seeds of faith are always within us; but sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth." That was certainly the case for me. A little over a year ago I faced the "crisis" of God pushing me out of the comfortable little nest I was in...... At least I thought it was comfortable. The reality was that I had denied that still small voice within me so often and so thoroughly that I almost completely lost myself and faded into the background of the lives of others.
Since then, God has made me fully aware that HE created my particular life for a reason! This was and still is a bigger realization than one might think.
After taking a leap into the wide open arms of that still small voice within, I faced an enormous amount of pushback. I found areas in my life where I had huge issues with idolatry of man.... yikes! But now, just over a year later I can tell you it was entirely worth it. The results have been:
- Gods voice restored to first place
- The removal of limiting beliefs
- A destiny unlocked
- Identity identified
- God glorified
The most tangible event to come from my "leap of faith" towards that still small voice was partnering up with The John Maxwell Team. Full of fear, countless internal lies and very low self worth, when the offer of partnership was made, I took a leap and trusted my gut. I listened to that small voice telling me to move forward. Now over eight months later I have found a path created for me to walk on as a coach, speaker and teacher of the John Maxwell Team, and that is just my story.
What is yours? Where are you denying your still small voice within? The one prompting you to make a move, take a chance, or make a change so that you can make a difference. While I do admit some days it's a battle, I am no longer easily talked into something when my gut is screaming "Just say NO!" God has even honored me with seeing the outcome of that trust when I followed it without knowing why.
So in light of all this I must ask, "What will you do with your one precious life?"
This quote sums it up quite nicely, "Growth occurs outside the comfort zone, not inside of it." ~ Roddy Galbraith
The Message (MSG)
19-22 Oh yes, people of Zion, citizens of Jerusalem, your time of tears is over. Cry for help and you’ll find it’s grace and more grace. The moment GOD hears, He’ll answer. Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he’ll keep your Teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: “This is the right road. Walk down this road.” You’ll scrap your expensive and fashionable god-images. You’ll throw them in the trash as so much garbage, saying, “Good riddance!”