Wendy wrote me the other day asking…
"Here's something for you a lot of coaches don't address:
A lot of coaches talk about developing your intuition as if the only thing stopping you from using it is your ability to hear it. But what if your intuition is, well, detuned? As in, when something inside you urges you to a particular course of action, logic tells you something else (or nothing at all), and it turns out to be the wrong course?"
When I was in the corporate world, I was heavily involved in software testing at one point. For years, my job was to do two things:
(1) See if software worked the way it was supposed to
(2) Try to break software by doing everything it's not supposed to
I approach personal development the same way. I test stuff. I see what works. I see what doesn't. Then I relay what I learn to you.
This way you're not getting "hand-me-down" teachings, you're getting the benefit of my direct experience.
More importantly than that, though, I encourage you to test what works for you in your own life. That's because no matter how much I test teachings, what I test is through my lens of experience.
And the greatest gift you can give yourself is seeing what is true for YOU. Uniquely you.
With this perspective in mind, my advice to Wendy is simply this:
Keep a journal. Every time you hear your intuition, take note of what you hear. Then take an action. See if the action produces the results in alignment with your intuition.
The reason this is so important is because every sense we have (including our 6th sense) is filtered through the lens of our Being. Our physical and psychological filters control what we see.
This is a literal fact. Perception is determined by our brains. Our eyes have blind spots and our mind fills them in (I show this unquestionably in one of my Liberate Your Life exercises).
Therefore, it's entirely possible that what you *think* is your intuition, is in fact, "detuned" or just entirely f*$#@d up. By keeping a journal, you begin to sort out what is actually true for you.
For example, how did I learn to trust my intuition?
In my early 20's, it would tell me things that were not logical. My mind rebelled and would do the opposite. Every time I listened to my mind and silenced my intuition (even though I didn't know "what" it was), I got totally screwed over.
Bad stuff happened when I didn't listen to my intuition. So I got the message and realized to just listen to it, even if it didn't make sense to me.
That was my experience. Yours may be different. Don't take my word for ANY of this. Don't take my word for anything. Just take what I say with a grain of salt and then ruthlessly test it yourself.