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Follow your intuition

5 most important components in our lives and regrets people have related to them.  Those components are:

  • Our relationships
  • Our health
  • Our home
  • Our work
  • Living authentically

15 thought provoking questions to help us re-evaluate our present life compared to what’s important to us.  These questions help us see how far or little we have come, where we need to put our focus towards and letting go of things that bring little to no value to our lives. Below are the questions to help guide you in the right direction according to what’s important to you:

  • How are you living inauthentically?
  • What beliefs do you maintain that aren’t really your own?
  • How are you spending time in ways that aren’t really you?
  • How is your work-life balance?
  • Do you spend enough quality time with your family and friends?
  • Is your work fulfilling and pleasurable?
  • What feelings are you repressing because you’re afraid to express them?
  • How are you being controlled or negatively influenced by others?
  • How are you “keeping the peace” at the expense of your true self?
  • What friendships have you let slip that you’d like to maintain?
  • In what ways has your life become so busy you no longer have room for people you care about?
  • What people are you giving your time to who drain you or who don’t support you?
  • What are the limiting beliefs and negative thoughts that hold you back from happiness?
  • How are you giving away your power to choose happiness?
  • What are you willing to release in order to have the time to find your passion, to enjoy your relationships, and to choose happiness through the simpler pleasures of life?

We are all a work in progress, just never stop working on yourself, otherwise you’ll end up somewhere you’ve never intended to be.  You don’t want you unintended destination to turn into one of your biggest life regret. Take control of your life today, by living it the way you deem fit.

Are you living your life for yourself the way you want?  Or are others in the driver’s seat?

You open Facebook and all you see is a bunch of posts pushing you to follow your heart and to do what you’re passionate about. You go over to Instagram and it’s the same story! Is this a new trend? Most likely. But, should you actually follow your heart? That’s up to you. If you ask me, hell yeah you should! But, that’s only because I’m also one of those inspiring you to do so.

But recently, I began to notice that more and more people are actually taking action on this.  So many people are quitting their jobs in search of something they can be passionate about. I don’t think this following your heart thing is for everybody, which is why I don’t intend to convince you to do so. Actually, I don’t think you need to quit your job to follow your heart. But, what I do think you should do is for sure listen to it.

What does follow your heart mean?

For a while you’ve been flirting with the idea of a change in your life. You don’t know exactly what it is, but there is something inside of you telling you, “you must go for it.” Whether going back to university, starting your own business, moving to another country, whatever it may be, it just feels right thinking about it.

You know how it goes, you’ve seen the movie. A girl quits the horrible corporate job that was making her life miserable, decides to open a bakery and next thing you know, she has stores nationwide, struck millions, found the love of her life and has a great family. If only…

Let’s face it, with everybody telling you to follow your heart, it may seem as the solution to all your problems. As if nothing bad can happen when you go after your dreams because passion will lead you through. Debt, bankruptcy, divorce, and who knows what else, can also happen when you follow your heart!

So, why is everybody telling you to follow your heart? What is so great about it, if it doesn’t make success certain? Driven by this question and my own experience I concluded the following. Why you should listen to it!

Deciding to follow you heart can be the most rewarding thing you may ever do. But, I don’t think that the rewards come from the fact that you try to live your passion.

Instead, I believe the whole things come from the actual journey.

To be able to follow your heart, you must go through a process of self-reflection that allows you to get to know yourself better. This process gives you an inside view of who you are, what you are passionate about, what your goals are, your dreams, and so on.

These may all be assumptions at first, but they are a great starting point. As you embark on your journey looking to prove them, you will have to do a constant reflection of your experience. It’s here where I believe where the success of following your heart comes from.

By checking in with yourself every now and then, you begin to understand yourself more and more. With time, this allows you to make better decisions and get ahead with your goals. At the same time, it also gives you better tools to select the people around you and especially your relationships.

Little by little, as you continue your journey, your self-confidence builds with each challenge you overcome, you grow and learn how to keep a strong positive attitude. Soon you discover that to continue moving forward, you need to develop a growth mindset, giving you the ability to continuously improve yourself.

The new you.

It’s this personal growth what takes you to success and not quitting the “trap” in which you find yourself now. The beauty is that you don’t need to give your life a 180-degree change to test these assumptions. If you sit down and figure out what you are passionate about, if you figure out who you are and what you want, your environment will give you enough resources to test your assumptions.

Want to open a bakery? Work on Saturdays in one to learn about it. Not willing to dedicate your Saturday for it? Then good luck going after your dreams. But if you are willing to do what it takes, then be ready for your emotional roller coaster, full of spins, ups and downs because finding yourself and building a life around doing what you love it’s not supposed to be easy, otherwise everybody would do it.

The beauty is that along the way, everything you develop will add up, making you a whole new person, giving you the skills you need to succeed in any endeavour you decide to embark in. And this is exactly why people tell you to follow your heart.

ABOUT SARAH JONES

Sarah Jones is the UK’s leading holistic lifestyle expert. Her clients include Lorraine Kelly and Anthea Turner among many others. Her motto is: “What consumes your mind controls your life.” For more information, please visit the official website at sarahjonesuk.com. Follow Sarah on Instagram @sarahjonesuk