There has been a great deal of talk over the years about a "Personal Board of Directors". And, don't get me wrong, this is powerful. They can be your group of wise men and women that you leverage as you move forward on your career path-whatever that may be - in a specific workplace or as an entrepreneur. Yet, what if there was a step before? What if it didn't ask for outside recruitment or outside advice, as sage as it can be. What if you spent your time initially getting to know your own Internal Board of Directors that really serve as your best allies as you move forward in life.
Of course this nuance is different. So, let's play. You've heard it said that there is a deeper wisdom inside, that, if listened to, can guide you forward. A little woo-woo? Perhaps. But, what about when you have had that little inkling or 6th sense or gut reaction to do something, say something and it was right on! Or, perhaps the other direction. You could feel the sense that you shouldn't do something or you even feel part of you shouting "no" inside and yet, you didn't listen. And, all you now want is a do-over that simply will never come! Been there. Done that...on both accounts.
Intrigued? Well, the beautiful part is that it doesn't demand paying for a lunch out, or organizing an agenda or playing phone tag. What it does demand, however, is the space and time to listen. And, it is about listening to YOU. These aspects of you include your body, your mind, and your emotions, all of which lead you to your Deeper Self. Let's take a look.
Your Body: Yes, the amazing vessel that you walk around with all day! It is what sends you physical signals about choices you have made and choices you have yet to make. You know, the neck pain that comes when you read that memo from your boss mentioning a new project "that has your name all over it", but you know it won't really use your talents in a way that energizes you. Or the headache that comes on when you know you have a family gathering coming up, but you have yet to figure out how to deal with your brother who always seems to put you down. What do these examples offer? Perhaps red flags that provide feedback or guidance around issues that need to be addressed. Begin by asking yourself "what sensations am I feeling in my body?" Give yourself the space to listen for the answers.
Your mind: Insights. Imagination. Inspiration. An amazing reservoir of possibilities, if we let it and if we learn how to guide it. For many, we allow our minds to run amuck. This is when our mind takes on the persona of a wild animal setting our course and direction. However, through loving guidance and discipline, this can change. What am I speaking about? Watch your thoughts for an hour. Are there certain thoughts that play over and over again as if you have hit the repeat button and you can't turn it off? The first step is awareness. The second is replacement. Replace the self-defeating thoughts with those that support you. With the desire to move toward greater creativity, offer yourself the space to ask for ideas, and expect better ones! Ask for 5 new ideas that your entrepreneurial self is looking for in the creation of your next business, in your next day as a parent of teenagers or small children or in your relationship with your husband or wife. And then, ask for 5 more! Give yourself the space to listen for the answers.
Your emotions: A Gift. A Beacon. Your emotions serve as a window into your deeper self. Through self-awareness they offer input. They offer information. Emotions are not who you are. Rather, what you can find is the awareness that stands behind the emotions. Opening this window allows you to access your insight, your creativity. How does this work? Begin by simply asking yourself, "what am I feeling at this moment?" Give yourself the space to listen for the answers.
Getting to really know yourself through your body, your mind and your emotions opens you to yourself. Each are valuable in and of themselves. But through the listening, you also begin to access a deeper voice, a Deeper Self that can offer guidance, compassion and love. Let your own Internal Board of Directors lead you in the direction of your Joy. Because, you know, it is the only direction they want to go!