Welcome to day 3 of your Vitality Challenge! Today we are going to discuss what it means to be your own authority and the impact it has on your ability to hear your own intuition. This is a long one…but oh so worth it!
Being your own authority means owning the fact that you know what’s best for you. There is so much advice out there in the form of books, articles, videos, webinars, etc. etc. It can be so overwhelming and contradicting! Maybe you’ve learned that through the experiencing of trying everything without any of it working for you. This is because everyone is unique and has unique answers.
While finding a mentor who is similar to you is extremely helpful, ultimately no one knows your answers but you. If you’ve worked with me in any capacity, you know this is a huge piece of what I teach. Why? Because I personally have had highly respectable mentors and resources discount my intuition, saying that it was untrue (only to find out later that what I was feeling was true!). The bottom line is that no one knows your answers better than you and really embracing that as a foundation principle of your life of Vitality is what being your own authority is all about.
For this reason, it’s important to spend time asking yourself whether or not something is true for you after reading advice or asking someone outside of you’s opinion. Use what you learned during day one and connect with your body. Then, ask yourself whether or not what you have just read or heard is true for you. Everyone’s body reacts differently when it is communicating “yes” or “no”, but a general rule is that you’ll feel lighter and more expansive when the answer is “yes” and heavier and more restricted when the answer is “no”. In other words, it just won’t sit with you right if it isn’t true for you.
While this may seem difficult to decode in the beginning, the more you practice listening to those cues, the more you’ll understand them. Think of it as opening up the channel to your body’s answers after it has been shut down for awhile. It may take a little bit of a learning curve, but it’ll be so worth it!
Start by practicing with things that you aren’t super attached to, such as what your body would like to eat that day. Practice giving your body choices and making how it feels about those choices your authority. For instance, you could ask yourself, “body, do you want an apple?” (wait and see if you feel light or heavy) or “body, do you want pasta with marinara today?” (wait and see if you feel light or heavy). Over time and with practice, you’ll be able to start asking open-ended questions. I started asking my body what it wanted and intuitively, I received that it didn’t want cold brew coffee first thing in the morning! LOL. So I made it a new rule that I have to eat and have at least a quart of water before I drink any sort of caffeine. I definitely notice a huge difference!
When you practice listening to your inner voice and your body regularly, you can start to use it for the big decisions. It becomes easier and easier the more often you do it. By training yourself to ask your inner voice first, you tell your subconscious that you have your own answers. This makes receiving them much easier! Pretty neat, right??
Let’s journal on the role that being your own authority has on connecting with your intuition now!
Feel free to pick and choose which questions you answer in the prompt below.
Have you had a tendency to make other people your authority instead of listening to your own inner voice? Do you search for answers outside of yourself instead of looking inward? What impact do you think that has on your ability to access your own intuition? What are some ways you can practice being your own authority? Are there areas of your life that you do a really great job when it comes to being your own authority? Which ones? How do you think your life would change if you were able to confidently access your own answers and be your own authority? What would be different?