Trusting your inner guidance and knowledge

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“Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.”—Steve Jobs

ut feeling. In your heart. Sacred knowing.

You may call it something else, but you have this power already.

This is one of your greatest assets, and listening to intuition will help align you with your greater purpose infinitely more quickly and satisfyingly than if you only let your mind weigh in.

Intuition is subtle, but if you listen to it, it is incredibly clear.

Quiet, but obvious.

This quiet, persistent pull of the heart is so different from the demanding presence of the mind.

Overthinking is my comfort zone.

I am deep in my brain—always—assessing what is rational, reasonable, makes the most sense. I can get lost for hours and days in information gathering because it can feel deceptively like action.

Unfortunately, no matter how long you mull over a decision, it does not necessarily mean that you'll be any closer to definitively knowing what right.

Strangely, I've never had that problem with intuition. If I let myself tune into my gut, there is always a clear answer.

The answer is not always what I want to hear. What my intuition tells me often involves nonsensical leaps into the unknown, not knowing why but feeling strongly that I have to act according to what my gut says.

As irrational as might sound, I let intuition make all of my decisions these days.

Making decisions this way is sometimes less "clean" than tidily choosing based on what my rationalizing says "should" be the right choice.

Sometimes (usually) my intuition leads me to leap before I am ready. To figure out as I go. To scare myself shitless in the process.'s understandable why not everyone finds this desirable.

Comfort can seem far more appealing.

But what I have consistently found with following my heart instead of my brain is that I am increasingly in line with what feels truly "me."

Intuition does not show me the steps in advance. It makes me fumble and guess and falter. But it always seems to lead me to alignment.

The mind can certainly be a helpful ally, but it will not give you that feeling of certainty. Rational arguments may be comfortable, but any amount of pros and cons lists may not actually speak to what you really want and need.

You can choose comfort. Or you can choose purpose.

You cannot choose both.

Iris Rankin

Soulful questioner, exuberant organizer, here to find the balance between discipline and delicious relaxation. Iris Rankin is the founder of Project Intention, a values-based community focused on living day-to-day with purpose, planning, and heart. Iris encourages women to adopt the self care practices that make them feel divine, the planning tools to hone in on their essential wants and needs, and the emotional resilience to express their most authentic selves.

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