In a mega-watt-light-bulb-moment of clarity and understanding, I recently realized this: that other people can’t hear what you can. You know, the little voice you hear that’s championing you to follow your heart. You, and only you, know 100% for sure what’s in your heart and what your hopes and dreams are. You are the only one that hears the inner voice that tells you what the right move is for you to make, and when to make it. Whether you call it your intuition, a gut feeling, a sixth sense, an inner knowing or inner voice, it’s all the same. It’s the voice ofyour heart telling you what you need to do to experience your bliss, your true happiness. And when you follow your heart, it naturally follows that you’ll suddenly find yourself doing things that you somehow always knew you were destined to do, and feeling right at home while doing them.
The problem is that other people can’t hear it, so when you excitedly try to tell them about your vision, your plans or your goals, they won’t necessarily share your enthusiasm. In fact, it’s quite likely that they’ll leave you feeling like they’ve just sucked the wind out of your sails or like you’re talking to a brick wall. It’s because they really don’t get it. They don’t know what you know, they only know what they know. Which means that their input will be based upon their experiences and if they aren’t the type that allow themselves to follow their hearts, they’ll have no reference point for encouraging you to follow yours.
I used to get discouraged by the reactions of others when I’d share my heartfelt wishes and dreams and they’d shoot them down. I’d start thinking that maybe they were right, maybe it is silly to think that I can have the life I want by merely following my heart. But not now. Now I know better. And in the words of Maya Angelou, “when you know better, you do better”. How do I follow my heart and honour my calling? By sharing my dreams with those that do get it, and letting the comments of those that don’t simply dissolve into thin air before they ever have a chance to enter into my reality.
There’s a reason that you hear that little voice…it’s because you are the only one that can! There is only one you and there will never be another. So the next time your “inner guidance system” talks to you, listen to it…it knows what it’s talking about and it’s coming straight from your heart.
I'm a Certified Body Language Trainer and Speaker, columnist for Canadian Firefighter magazine and self publish author. I've combined my love of personal development with my passion for the fire service and I teach fire service members across Canada about the power of body language.