What wants to move through you? That idea or project that is relentless in its pursuit of your attention and call to action. The one that keeps tapping at your shoulder, yelling in your ear and tugging at your heart… the one that says if you don’t slow down and really look at this, you’ll continue down the slippery slope of unachieved goals, regret and unexpressed creativity.
In her seminal book “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway,” Susan Jeffers provides a powerful, clear strategy for turning pain into power. Her bottom line is that the only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and do it! So why don’t we? I love her two-fold answer… the first is education (you didn’t learn the facts about fear); the second is the reminder that every time you feel afraid, that it’s simply because you are not feeling good enough about yourself.
The interplay here between intuition and self esteem makes sense. Intuition is the driving need for self expression; it’s also the path through fear that takes us from pain to power. The heart knows the way…the heart always feels good about itself… in fact it can never not feel good about itself because it’s the very essence of life, limitless in its power. Intuition then, uses the power of the heart to shore up where we don’t feel so great about ourselves so we can move forward into action!
So how do we overcome fear and take action to follow the heart, and honour those intuitive impulses? As Jeffers brilliantly counsels:
- Reframe fear
Remind yourself that when you feel fear, it’s because you’re not feeling good about yourself….Fear then, can be seen as a useful marker, pointing the need and path to higher self esteem.
- Decide that “I’ll handle it” is your new (and only) life perspective.
When fear becomes a habit, we’ve allowed “less than” beliefs or helplessness to feel stronger than the reality of our capability and infinitely powerful essence . When you decide that no matter what happens, “I’ll handle it,” fear dissolves!
- Take Action
Feeling good follows action – too often we reverse the process thinking that when we feel better, then we will act. The opposite actually is true. Whether it’s massive action, or one tiny step, the truth is, that nothing will change without taking action.
- Measure results with a pain to power chart.
Check-in daily to see if you’re moving on the chart from pain to power. If you’re not, it’s because you’re not taking responsibility for that area of your life.
- Practice the ABCs of Intuition.
Aware, Breathe, Connect – this simple 3-step process is the link between self esteem and action. AWARE of the power within that’s stronger than any obstacle; BREATHE that power in and CONNECT to the heart – it knows the way…. we can trust ourselves and the process of life…. we can drop self doubt and take action from an inspired, empowered place. Self love steps out into action, no problem!
If you have a calling or intuition that you know you’re not following through on as completely as you could, ask yourself why you’re resisting or delaying. You’ll get an immediate answer. Now what is one small thing that you can do to move yourself from the pain to power chart? Do that thing… the highest form of integrity is the noble task of honoring what wants to move through you.
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Cheryl Brewster of The Intuitive Life is a personal and business intuitive, specializing in self development through mastering change.