Recognising your inner voice: How to listen to your intuition

How many times have you suggested a solution, offered a creative idea, or warned others of a decision that wouldn’t work based on a gut feeling—an instinct screaming to be heard? That’s your intuition, and if you listen to it, you can learn to use it to your advantage.

What is your intuition?

Intuition is intangible and inexplicable, with no concrete data to support it. This makes it difficult for most people to understand. Who wants to take a risk on uncertainty and trust, especially when it can lead to criticism and humiliation?

Intuition is something we all have: a powerful but often unused tool. It’s that feeling that pushes you in a certain direction. It lines you up with what you’ve asked for when the moment is right. Like a “This Way” sign, it guides you into the flow of life without second-guessing or overanalysing anything.

Your intuition can manifest itself in various ways and often when you least expect it: in a dream, while washing the dog, during a random conversation, or right after waking up. Its key ingredients are practice, a silent space, and the courage to speak up.

Maybe you already know the feeling. The words get stuck in the back of your throat and you feel a thousand butterflies churning in your stomach. It’s like pushing back against a tidal wave, but sometimes the best thing to do is let those butterflies escape.

Your intuition can help you succeed

I remember when I discovered my intuitive gift. My ability was to tap into a person’s name and accurately describe their behaviour. I did this so often that it became a party trick.

But when I started using my intuition to help clients choose profitable strategies or new employees, my “party trick” turned into anxiety and second-guessing. A lot was at stake, so I really had to trust the accuracy of my information and believe in its value. And while I’m still mastering this technique, it was only when I started believing in my intuition that I began using it openly. That’s when I really found success in my work.

The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.
— Rumi

How to listen to your intuition

My intuition led me to have prophetic dreams on a regular basis. Here’s an exercise you can try to listen to your intuition:

  1. Before you go to bed at night, place a pen and paper next to you.
  2. As you’re falling asleep, ask your intuition to show you events that will occur over the next week.
  3. When you wake up, write down your dream and consider what your feelings are telling you.
  4. Over the next week, observe if the dream manifests in reality.


Turn up the volume

Now that you know how to listen, learn how you to trust your intuition at work and use if for successful outcomes.

Add your comment

Have you experienced listening to your intuition? Have you followed its lead – what was the outcome? I’d love to hear your story and how your intuition shows up for you. Add a comment below so we can help others to listen for the signs if it’s still unfamiliar to them.