The gift of life is in the struggle. Without the struggle, we would not build the strength and persistence to grow to our full potential. – Russ Whitney
We all have an inner voice that speaks to us. Some of us hear it very clearly; others either ignore it or confuse it with coincidence, as I frequently did in my younger days. Before we learn how the inner voice works and start to understand its true power, we may refer to it using terms such as:
- A creative idea
- A gut feeling
- The stars being aligned
- An aha moment
- A guardian angel
These terms aren’t wrong; they just aren’t enough.
Our inner voice will give us answers, provide guidance and direction, and help us achieve our goals once we begin to recognize it as the pure guidance that it is.
Most of the successful people I’ve worked with discover their own inner voice and are willing to learn how to let it guide them. By successful, I don’t mean just wealthy; I mean people who have come to know their true purpose in life. It’s not only that they listen to the inner voice, but that they also have a relationship with it.
Yes, I know that sounds a little “out there,” but it’s true. You can’t have a relationship of any sort—marriage, friendship, business, and so on—without communication. A relationship with the inner voice can serve all of our human relationships, enriching them in an abundance of ways.
And that relationship is built through communication.
So how do you communicate with your inner voice? How do you build the relationship that will give you the peace, joy and abundance you were meant to have?
Here’s what I do; it’s the program I live every day. It’s not complicated—in fact, it’s amazing in its simplicity. And you can do it, too.
- Begin each day with gratitude.
Thank your creator for all the good in your life. This is an ideal time to inventory all those good things. Sure, we’ll always have challenges, but we’ll also always have things for which we can be grateful. Sometimes it’s a million-dollar deal, sometimes it’s precious time spent with loved ones, and sometimes it’s simply a beautiful day. Be thankful.
- Ask for guidance.
Ask your creator to direct your thinking, show you what you should do, and give you the wisdom, power, and courage to do it. If you’re working on something in particular, be more specific with your request. Then get quiet, sit back and relax, and wait for the answers to come.
- Recognize your responsibility.
Remember that “to whom much is given, much is expected.” When you are blessed with abundance, you are also tasked with the responsibility to use it wisely. This applies whether that abundance is material or spiritual. Actively seek out ways to help others. Give financially, give emotionally, and give time. When you accept and live out this responsibility, you will be further enriched.
- Make progress.
Become a little bit better every day. Don’t shoulder the false burden of expecting perfection—all you have to do is make progress.
- Review, evaluate, and measure.
Ask yourself every day, throughout the day, how you’re doing. Take a daily inventory and do a weekly analysis, and plan so that you can keep making progress. Often you’ll find that your sense of where you are gets clouded by a particular circumstance that is dragging you down, but when you actually check your progress, you’re doing better than you thought. Use what you learn from your review to plan and continue improving.
- Appreciate the power of being powerless.
Always remember that you cannot control other people. You are powerless over most situations. You can only control what you can do. Your part in everything is to suit up, show up, do your best, and leave the results to God. After you’ve done your part, relax and let God do His job. When you learn to do this regularly, you’ll find it amazingly powerful.
There are two parts to surrendering. The first is obvious: Turn whatever issue is causing a problem for you over to God. The second is to listen for God to give you an answer or direction for what you should do next. So once you’ve done your best, let it go. Surrender it to a higher power. Turn it over and listen for the answers.
Let your inner voice work and take joy in the results.