If you own a business, and even if you don’t, life is full of decision-making. And often the decisions seem to be between two or more good things. We learn at a young age to make lists of pros and cons and then to weigh out the best possible solution.
But what do you do when you feel like you don’t even know what the choices are? You might feel like you are in uncharted territory. If you are starting a business, you truly might not have the information for the next step. Or you are presented with many, conflicting options.
Then what do you do? I see many biz people get practically paralyzed in decision-making. I also see people second-guessing after decisions are made.
There is a simple exercise you can use to get clear and feel confident in your decisions. This exercise involves turning to your inner guidance. You might call it intuition, or your higher self. You may even look to spiritual guidance. If you wonder about the accuracy of this exercise- when is the last time your intuition or gut feeling was wrong?
I think intuition is marvelous and dependable. I also think we don’t use it enough. We put together the facts, we look at what everyone else has done, and then we approach decision-making logically. I agree that logic is a cool thing. It got me through school and graduate school, and is helpful. But when there is a need to create a solution that requires new thinking or a new paradigm, logic often stops us- we don’t see alternate solutions.
When there is a need to create a solution that requires new thinking, logic often stops us, intuitive thinking moves us forward.Click to tweet
The exercise is to ask questions and look for the answers through intuition, inner guidance… Take some deep breaths, get quiet, close your eyes. Affirm: I am connecting to my inner guidance. When you start to feel relaxed, ask a question.
An example question is- What is the next step for me in my biz? You could write this question down and wait for an answer. You could ask this question before going to sleep and see if the answer comes to you during the night or in the morning.
More example questions:
- What are action steps I can take to grow my biz in a new direction?
- What is an exciting result that my clients really want?
- What training would benefit me right now in my business?
- Where could I receive more help in my business?
- What needs to change about me in order for me to grow my business?
And you can of course create your own questions.
You know when you are getting inner guidance when you feel a sense of “rightness” even if you feel a little fear. If you feel full of angst or irritated, it may be ego that you are hearing. You can even ask, “Is this my ego?” I often ask for a sure sign. I will ask the question then make this request. “When I hear an answer I will absolutely know that this is inner guidance.”
Look for the feeling of inner peace. And remember fear coming up as you are growing is normal. Don’t interpret fear as the answer. You can even ask, “Is this just a feeling of fear or is it a signal that I should not move forward?” The more you ask questions of inner guidance (God, Universe, Higher Self) the more you will feel and experience answers. Practice this technique and you will get answers more rapidly and you will learn to trust the answers more fully.
Sheri Kaye Hoff
Coach, Trainer, and Author, Sheri Kaye Hoff, is a Business Coach known for inspiring massive action and a catalyst for personal and business growth, joy, and profits in a way that is fun, relaxing, and fulfilling, Sheri inspires people to do the work they love and make more money. Sheri helps business owners and professionals to relax into success. She uses both spiritual and practical techniques to obliterate blocks and create dramatic change. She is a business, leadership, happiness, and inner game expert. She has overcome nearly dying, and the loss of her brother at an early age. She has made it her life mission to discover the keys to happiness and success and then share them with her clients and community. Learn More About Sheri