Everyone has heard of a mother’s intuition, but does that extend to those of us that aren’t mothers? Of course it does! We all have had this voice that warns us when not to do things, but I also believe we have another voice. This other voice may be timid for some of us or loud and boisterous for others of us. It’s the one that encourages us to step outside the box and explore new things. The challenge is deciphering when we should listen to the little voice in our head, whether it’s warning us or encouraging us, or if we should listen to conflicting advice from others.
When You Should Listen to Others
Before you listen to anyone else you need to check your sources just as journalists do. If this person either has your best interest at heart, is successful, is known for making great decisions, or has experienced a similar situation, then they probably are worth listening to. Even though this isn’t always the case, it’s a good rule of thumb to go by.
It’s also good to listen to others when the decision you need to make is involving finances, school, or any other “responsible” part of your life. If a financial advisor is giving you advice to start saving towards your retirement, you may want to strongly consider taking them up on it. If your role model is encouraging you to stick with it and stay in school, I would also say that it’s reasonable to consider their advice.
Sometimes it’s easy to only think about the short-term and how miserable you are at the moment. Seeking advice from others can help put your long-term situation into perspective. For example, it’s easy to want to skip going to a class, because you rather sleep or hang out with your friends. On the other hand, skipping a particular lecture could result in a bad grade on your next test. Advice involving the long-term is always good to pay attention to.
When You Should Trust Your Gut
Unfortunately, listening to your intuition isn’t an exact science. I don’t know about you, but once I started getting older I felt like I needed to ignore the little voice inside. I always followed a moral compass in a sense, but when I had an idea that didn’t follow status quo, I would shut it out and not give it a second thought. It’s unfortunate, because that’s how a lot of our creativity gets trampled on.
I recently decided to go back to school to study interactive media and graphic design, which resulted in me changing many parts of my life within a month’s period of time. If you personally know me, you realize that I am not the type of person to change my life on a whim.
I’ve always had creative ideas, but lacked the skill set to properly execute these ideas. I can’t draw, but luckily we live in a world of technology and software programs that assist others like me.
Since I’ve always believed in the power of planning and sticking to a specific timeline, I kept myself away from the creative goals I strived to achieve all along. It took me graduating from college and going straight to working full time to discover that I messed up.
Luckily I was able to find an opportunity to explore my creative side before it was too late, but I’ve learned how important it is to listen to that little voice. Yeah sometimes that little voice might be wrong, but at the same time that little voice could make you the next Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, Steven Spielberg, or J.K. Rowling. When it comes to the technical aspects of your life, take advice from others. When it comes to your passions in life, listen to that little voice inside. You’ll be glad you did, even if you fail.
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Question of the Week:
Have you ever been happy that you followed your intuition? If so, when?