When You Struggle To Follow Your Heart

You know those quotes you see everywhere telling you to listen to that voice inside?

Trust your own instincts, go inside, follow your heart. Right from the start. go ahead and stand up for what you believe in. As I’ve learned, that’s the path to happiness. –Lesley Ann Warren

Follow your heart and make it your decision. –Mia Hamm

Don’t follow a trend. Follow your heart. –Krist Novoselic

You do have to follow your heart, otherwise you’re living a false life. –Eric Mabius

If we’re supposed to trust and follow our heart, why is it one of the most difficult things to do?

We have been taught from such a young age to think logically. Be realistic. Cover the facts and prevent as many mistakes as possible. You already know this.

Your heart is not always going to tell you things you want to hear. Limitations and fears are non-existent there; so that pull is going to sound a bit crazy and illogical when it gets filtered through your mind.

The more you listen to your heart, the stronger your fear voice will become.

This is a good thing because once you realize following your heart is the best decision you have ever made, that saboteur becomes less believable.

In my experience, I spent a great deal of effort trying to ignore my heart the best I could because the ideas terrified me. Deep down there is so much excitement and possibility, but with that also comes change, decisions and the unknown.

Anthony Robbin’s explains this perfectly in his incredible book “Awaken The Giant Within” and I would love to share this piece with you.

“There is a single driving force behind all human behaviour. Everything you and I do, we do either out of our need to avoid pain or our desire to gain pleasure.”

When you feel the pull inward it feels right, but also makes you want to run in the opposite direction all at the same time. It can keep you paralyzed, unable to make a decision thus you remain stuck exactly where you are. Being in this place doesn’t feel great. So here’s why you haven’t taken action…

At some level you believe that taking action in this moment would be more painful than just putting it off. Have you ever had the experience of putting something off for so long that suddenly you felt pressure to just do it, to get it done? What happened? You changed what you linked pain and pleasure to. Suddenly, not taking action became more painful than putting it off.

On a deeper level, you already know what you need to do.

Enough with the excuses, the fearful illusions and the need to be in control of your life.

Has it really been working for you?

Give yourself permission to listen and see what it has to say.

It might just lead you in the right direction…