Your inner voice expresses the honest feelings of your true self and is the source of your inspiration, creativity, and intuition. By listening to your inner voice, you can gain insight into what makes you happy and unhappy and gain the power to transform your life into one that is more vibrant and fulfilling.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t listen to our inner voices because we’re too busy juggling all of the responsibilities and demands of our daily lives.
The good news is that regardless of how busy or hectic your life may be, there are ways to filter out the distractions so you can hear your inner voice. As you reconnect with your true self, you can use that voice to guide you to the things that will bring more joy, progress, and peace into your life.
Your inner voice is a muscle and will get stronger with regular practice. Before long, listening to your Inner Voice will become second nature. To get started and in order to filter out the noise of daily life and tune into our Inner Voice, we need to make time to hear what it has to say.
One way to get in touch with our Inner Voice is to set aside dedicated time for self-reflection. Many clients tell me they ‘just don’t have time’. Self-reflection is an important part of personal development and is something we regret not making time for, but never regret the time we spent on it.
Self-reflection is as simple as thinking about the things in your life that are going well and that make you happy, as well as the things that you’re dissatisfied with. Reflect on how you truly feel about the direction your life is taking. It is important, to be honest, and open with yourself as you reflect on your life so that you can hear your true Inner Voice. Ignore any critical voices from the past and avoid letting society tell you how to live your life; the loud objective voice that may interrupt your train of thought is your ego – more on that here.
Seek out a place and time for your moments of self-reflection where you can be alone and uninterrupted for at least 30-minutes.
Choose a place where you can fully relax and be alone with your thoughts, this could be lying on your bed, sitting on the sofa or reclining in the bath. If you find it easier to practice self-reflection by taking walking in nature, practising controlled breathing, or doing yoga poses, this is fine as well. I take my dog for a walk along the beach without my headphones and listen to the thoughts running through my head.
Either during or immediately after, write down any thoughts, impressions, and day-dreams that emerge during your self-reflection time. The more you practice, the clearer the Inner Voice will be, it’s helpful to record your insights for reflection at a later date or to further explore the thought pattern.
Keeping lists, journalling, or even sharing your insights with a friend or life coach, can help you to identify the areas of your life that you want to change in order to bring more happiness and joy to your everyday.
As you experience the joy of hearing your Inner Voice, learn to trust it and take action on your discoveries. Nobody is expecting you to make drastic changes to your life, start small but make time each day to do something that brings you joy. Each tiny step is a step towards living your dream life.
Just as you seek to add more things to your day-to-day that brings you joy, try to restrict or remove habits that do not. With time your Inner Voice may guide you towards a new career, to end relationships or to move home. Trust your Inner Voice has the best intentions for you and accept with grace that letting go of the people and things that drain your energy are preventing you from being truly happy.
With time and regular practise, listening to your Inner Voice will guide you to living a life with much joy and happiness.
I offer Inner Voice sessions, where I will hold space for you to explore the depth of your intuition for two hours. I will guide you to quiet your mind (your ego), and tune into the peaceful voice we all have within. Learn more here.
Sam is the founder of Small and Mighty Co. A transformational coaching business and marketing consultancy specialising in supporting small and mighty creatives grow with confidence and achieve their dreams, in business and beyond.
An accredited NLP Practitioner Sam’s specialities include mindset, motivation, marketing and modern-day consumer behaviour and is well known across the small business industry for her savvy straight-talking advice; with regular speaking appearances at major events across the UK and features on the BBC and Channel 5 News.