Last night Mai Vu, a masterful coach and dear friend, came over to see my house. She brought her daughter over to play with my son. Over dinner I was commenting about how my 16-month old son loves to take objects in and out of drawers. The same drawer can keep him busy for an hour.
I watch in fascination.
Mai said that she was always amazed how children like to experience the same thing over and over. You’d think they’d “get it” after about ten times of the same action. Nope. 1000 times is not too many times to get an action down pat. They learn by doing the action over and over.
Adults are similar. We need to repeat patterns many times before making it a “practice”. The same rule applies to creating new thought patterns. You must hear the information many times before your ears perk up and you do something about what you are hearing.
The BIG question: Are you listening to your Inner Guidance?
Your Inner Guidance is not only the voice of inspiration within you, but it is always whispering in your ear about what is best for you. The wisdom of this Inner Magician will lead you to all things delightful.
Again, are you listening?
I call the subtle whisperings of this powerful internal voice “niggles”. Something within you stirs, and yet sometimes you pass over the guidance trying to get your next steps from your mental mind.
A perfect example of how these niggles show up was the lift ticket caper in my house. I thought I’d set the ski resort lift tickets next to the hotel gift cards in my office. A trip to Tahoe for skiing had been planned for a month. The day before we left I couldn’t find the tickets. I began to fling around every single thing in my office, trying to reveal the hiding tickets.
I kept getting a niggle to call my mate to see if he knew where the tickets were hiding. My mental mind said that Steve never knows where anything is and that’s why he puts me in charge of organizing all things to do with our home. After I spent 15 minutes making a mess in my office, I called him.
He indeed confirmed the fact that he didn’t know where the tickets were. I was bummed out, and he told me not to worry about it. He suggested we create a file folder to keep gifts certificates and coupons. Ding, ding, ding! I already created a folder for that!
The tickets were in that folder. I totally forgot I had that folder. Even if I would’ve remembered it, I never would’ve looked in there. I thought I’d set them next to the other items we were packing for our trip.
Do you see how at first the niggles may not make sense in a logical way? Following your Inner Guidance is like following a trail of breadcrumbs. One thing leads to the next. The result is always delightful.