How to master your internal GPS

16 Jul

When you’ve been lost in the forest for countless hours, selling your house in exchange for a GPS seems like a good idea. Why? Because we need a sense of direction.  But how do you cope without an outside source of guidance? Let’s call the solution to this question your ‘internal GPS’ (i.e. an instinctual aspect of direction that keeps you empowered in any situation). Here’s how you can master your internal GPS.

Consider a figure skater. (Yes, I realize that we’re discussing being lost in a forest, but let’s pause for a moment and picture a figure skater on the ice, who glides forward and then pulls herself in – spinning and spinning and spinning faster . . . she’s going to fall any second! She’s going to  . . . pull out gracefully?) She is a master of trained instinct as her mind automatically locates a fixed point during the spinning, and the dizziness fails to overcome.

  • Not all gut feelings are innate, some of them come from years of experience (i.e. trained instinct). For instance, a professional editor has a natural sense in terms of what fits in their magazine. A well-reputed surgeon examines a situation and follows their gut knowledge when dealing with unexpected complications.

Your take away: If you want to develop a well-reputed sense within your field, invest your time in becoming an expert. Train your mind to instinctually understand the options.

When diagnosed with cancer, I examined my career, my relationships and how it was even possible that this illness had entered my life – it was a tough reality check, but I needed to get to the root cause of my disease.  That meant I had to listen to my inner voice.

  • There are many words for this internal reflection: hunch, little voice, gut instinct, hesitation. Regardless of the language chosen, everyone has this internal GPS, which can often be passed-off as self-doubt. An idea needs to be addressed when it arises in your mind repeatedly. Through giving your internal GPS attention, you’ll learn about yourself, your decision, or about others. Imagine the clarity that would become possible if you simply listened to yourself more often.

Your take away: Pay attention to your internal GPS to give it strength. There is no better tool than realizing what you really feel, even if that means addressing hard truths.

Try this today: pay attention to your instincts and reactions, see where this awareness can lead.

Lost in the forest my internal GPS was on high-frequency scanning amongst the endless trees. I began to look for signs within the forest, and that’s when I had a vision of the future . . . (Check it out in tomorrow’s post!)

What  do you call your internal GPS?

When has happened when you followed your gut instinct?

If you’ve developed a trained instinct, how do you know when you’ve reach that point of effortless understanding?

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One Response to “How to master your internal GPS”

  1. A July 16, 2012 at 10:58 #

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