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Intuition or Instinct?

Intuition or Instinct? Which one do you trust more? Which one do you act on more?

I had an interesting question the other day from a client, so I thought I would answer it here. I thought since she was asking someone else might be curious, too.

Question: “Can you tell me the difference between instinct and intuition so I know which one to follow?”read More here SoulfulAlignedBiz.com

Well, my answer is to pay attention to both, but let me tell you why + the difference so you can start to distinguish between the two.

Above all, learn to trust yourself. I know it can be challenging, but only you know what is in your best + highest good. No one else. (Just a friendly public service announcement). So pay attention to your inner guidance first.

Instincts come from your lower “survival” smarts. Some call them your “Gut” instincts because that is exactly it: it comes from your 3rd chakra or your solar plexus, which is yellow and all about your personal will. They are your innate, immediate hit on something feeling right or wrong, safe or not safe. The key word here is automatic or with out thought. Like walking down the street and thinking you will take a short cut, but when you go to turn into a rather secluded alley, you decide, “nope, doesn’t feel right” so you take the longer way. Instincts are there as an automated response to keep you safe, much like your lower ego self.

Now, intuition is something a bit more developed and evolved, and everyone has it. Intuition is an awareness or knowing without reason or explanation. It is something you just know it to be so. Typically, It comes from your 3rd eye, or brow chakra, and has a violet, purple hue. Intuition can be learned consciously as a skill to navigate your life decisions so you can create a life that is flowing and happier, and more fulfilling. You can access your intuition at any time, not just when inspiration strikes, but it takes some guidance, training, and a lot of trust on your part. Some people even start to see their intuitive communication grow to show itself in particular ways like a creative designer seeing inspiration as pictures in their mind. Whenever I design a jewelry piece, I always am inspired and see it first, then I sketch it out for my client. Nicki sees her web designs in her head, the colors, the layout, the look/feel of it. She often sketches them as she is talking to clients, and they are amazed how accurate + insightful she is. Another example is a problem solver, like my techie husband, who just knows this is the solution to the problem at hand and spends his time figuring out how to explain it to the team so everyone see it too.

So, instincts are all about your immediate, automatic response to a situation or a person. Right or wrong, safe or not safe. Your intuition takes that a step further and allows you to ask for guidance at will. Trusting your intuition’s guidance is the next step as you figure out your own intuitive communication style, or how your intuition shows itself to you.

Intuition is a master tool you already have inside you to design your business + create a life you love, you might need a bit of help to learn how to access it + trust it more often.  If so, then you are in luck because that’s what we do.  We are here to teach + guide you in discovering how to walk your own path more intuitively to create the soul-based business + life you love.  Done.

On that note, we would like to invite you to a new Master Class on Honing your Intuitive Style. If you are interested, please take this brief survey so we can design the class to fit who you are + what you need.

Be sure to take our quick survey to get this master class for free, and leave a comment below on how this resonates with you.

With Grace + Ease my Friends!

Cristy Nix, SoulfulAlignedbiz.com

 

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Happy-to-prioritize

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As promised, here are Marc + Angel’s list of “10 ways Happy people prioritize their to do list”.
How many are you doing?  How many are you not?  Which one just speaks to you?  Tell us below which one you want to start incorporating to create more happiness in your business + life…Do share!!
Remember, we are all in this together, and one person’s entanglement could be the bit of insight you need right now!
With Grace + Ease my Friend!
Cristy Nix, SoulfulAlignedEntrepreneur.com

Here are 10 ways to prioritize your life and your to-do lists for increased happiness and fulfillment:

1.  One thing at a time, with full presence.

In other words, make the thing you have chosen to do the number one priority while you’re doing it.  Focus with your full attention.  See the value in where you are, while you’re there.  Enjoy what’s happening, while it’s happening.

In the end, you will come to realize that the best days are the days when you don’t need anything extreme or special to happen to make you smile.  You simply appreciate the moments and feel gratitude, seeking nothing else, nothing more.  That is what true happiness is all about.

2.  Family and close friends are at the top.

Nurture your important relationships in such a way that when you tell the people you care about that you care about them, you’re simply reinforcing what they already know based on how you have prioritized them into your life.

Give them your full attention.  Let them see their own beauty in your eyes.  Let them find their own voice through your listening ears.  Help them discover their own greatness in your presence.

Make the people you love a top priority, always.

3.  Focus on importance, not urgency.

As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

Truthfully, the most important thing in life is knowing what the most important things in life are, and prioritizing them accordingly.  Sadly, most of us spend too much time on urgent things and not enough time on important things.

So do yourself a favor and implement these three action steps every time you’re building or sorting your to-do list:

  1. Think about the difference between what is urgent and what is important.
  2. Review all the obligations on your list.
  3. Do what’s important first.

Sometimes everything on your list will look important, which might be true to an extent.  But as you practice prioritizing, you will get better and better at it.  And eventually you will know, without question, when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones, like spending quality time with loved ones.

4.  Keep your efforts aligned with your purpose.

Getting anything worthwhile done is a matter of connecting with why you have chosen to do this thing in the first place.

Don’t allow others to confuse you.  Don’t let them convince your heart what is right for you.  Your heart already knows.  Listen to it.  Don’t let anyone else dilute the power of your inner voice.  You’ve got to stand up for something specific, on your own two legs, or you will achieve nothing worthwhile in your own mind’s eye.

Within you there is a formidable and undeniable sense of purpose.  Happiness comes from making a solid and persistent connection to that purpose.  When your intentions are supported by a “why” that has meaning, you will find the “how” to bring them to life.

5.  Play to your strengths and delegate when it makes sense.

When it comes to tackling big projects, you can try to do everything yourself, or you can reach out and find the right people to help you.  The first choice will raise your stress and blood pressure; the second choice will raise your consciousness and effectiveness.

Choosing the right perspective is so important; you CAN see life’s challenges as opportunities.  When an unexpected obstacle is suddenly standing in your way, don’t get overwhelmed.  Take a breather and regroup.  Someone else nearby knows how to get around it.  Find and engage them.

For example, if your website is suddenly having glitches with a new web browser, don’t read a giant book on web design.  Hire a professional web designer.  See the problem as an opportunity to delegate.  Life is trying to teach you that most long-term, worthy endeavors are team efforts, and so much more palatable when shared with others.  Every unexpected obstacle in life is a lesson on teamwork in disguise, solvable with the right team of people.

6.  Socialize and share with peers.

Regardless of what you’re trying to accomplish, it’s always easier if you have a group of people who understand what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and what challenges you’re facing.  Staying in touch with these people and sharing ideas with them will accelerate your effectiveness and happiness.  Best selling author, Seth Godin, refers to these people as your tribe members.

A tribe is a group of people connected to one another via an idea, movement or common goal.  For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another.  Godin says, “A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.”

Every single one of us craves the feeling of being part of something bigger than ourselves.  By nature, we are tribal, but oftentimes we become disconnected from our tribe.  We know our people are out there – somewhere – but we feel lost and disconnected from them.  If you’re feeling disconnected, open up to your peers and initiate a conversation.  Tap into your tribe.

7.  Give what you can, as you seek what you desire.

In many ways, life is a circle – what you put in to it comes back around.  When you make a positive impact in the world, the world will have a positive impact on you.

If you want to be rich, be generous.  If you want to make friends, be friendly.  If you want to be heard, listen.  If you want to be understood by others, take the time to truly understand them.  If you want to live an interesting life, be interested in the happenings around you.

You won’t always get back exactly what you wanted or expected, but when you give what you can you almost always receive what you need.

8.  Leave the past behind as you plan ahead.

Let old problems remain where they belong – in the past.  No matter how many times you revisit the past, there’s nothing new to see.  Don’t let what once happened get in the way of what is happening.  Just because you’ve made mistakes doesn’t mean your mistakes get to make you.  If something important didn’t work yesterday, figure out what changes can be made today.

Tame your inner critic; let go and move on productively.  You must make a conscious effort to do this, it won’t happen automatically.  You will have to rise up and say, “I don’t care how hard this is.  I don’t care how disappointed I am.  I’m not going to let yesterday’s problems get the best of me.  I’m taking the lessons and moving on with my life.”

9.  Commit to self-respect, regardless of the issue at hand.

Whenever you catch yourself in a rambling bout of negative self-talk, stop and ask yourself, “If I had a friend who spoke to me in the same way that I sometimes speak to myself, how long would I allow this person to be my friend?”

Remember, the way you treat yourself sets the standard for others, and the world at large, to follow.  Above everyone else, YOU deserve YOUR respect.  So make sure your decisions, behaviors and actions reflect your self-respect as you carry out your plans. (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Self-Love” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

10.  Leave room to breathe.

Things don’t always go as planned.  Good things can’t always be planned.  Be flexible and open to life’s twists and turns.

Organize, but don’t agonize.  Keep your space and time ordered, but your schedule under booked.  Create a foundation with a soft place to land, a wide margin of error, and room to think and breathe…

Freeing yourself from an overbooked schedule lets you experience more of life’s good surprises, and also provides you with flexibility when the unforeseen disrupts your foresight.

Afterthoughts ~  Wow, that’s a lot but doable, right?

Which ones do you feel like you are doing?  Which ones are you not?  Now, pick one you really feel drawn to try + do.  Share that below with us and your next step to make that happen.

Closing wishes: Just be yourself + follow your inner guidance.  Why? That is the key to making this all work.  Create a business that feeds your Soul + fits your life.  How?  First, know your Soul:  who you are deep down, How you work in your highest energy (and not), and what you are here to do (your purpose or path).  Then, as you feel happier being you, the other things will feel more natural to you and really start to flow.  That’s where the magic happens!

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VIDEO ~ Happiness is a sign of being in Alignment

Yep, The amount of happiness in your life + your business is a great barometer to see what’s working and what might need a few tweaks.  So the question is: What are you happy with right now in your life + your business?  What are you not?
The Story ~ When I was cruising the web researching an idea that popped into my head, I came across this blog by Marc + Angel hack life.  Great stuff (so much that I joined their list, which rarely happens, BTW).  Here they laid out “10 ways Happy people prioritize their to do list”, and I had to read it.  Amazing stuff!  I was surprised how many things I was doing, and yes, they were helping me create that happy buzz you get when something works from the inside out….and then I was reminded of a few things I forgot and have started putting them into practice since action is the last ingerdient into manifesting anything, especially happiness.
Boom!  I could actually see + feel how the things I was doing felt more in alignment…and created more happiness for me in my daily work/life.
A win/win, I’d say.
So I thought I would spread the happiness….
Here are a few ideas:
Do 1 thing at a time with Full presence
Family + Friends are at the top
Focus on Importance, not Urgency
Things like that.  Like I said, good stuff, huh?  Take what resonates + sparks you up, and let go of the rest.  This isn’t a have to” list, just ideas to bring your work/life more into alignment with who you are at your core.http://bit.ly/2aumkw3
You see, Happiness is the wonderful by product of doing things in alignment with your soul, or who you are on the inside.  By doing what you are pulled (not pushed) to do, then great things can happen…thus the happiness factor.
So my question for you is:  what are you doing in your business + life right now that feels happy…makes you feel happy doing it?  Maybe you are getting great results, maybe not (that is a sign something else is out of alignment, but that is another chat).  But what it all boils down to, is what is feeling really good right now?
Write it down, give it some love, and look back on it when you need a pick me up or a reminder of what makes you feel good + happy, because THAT is what will make creating your Soul-Based Business Cake.  Yummy!
Oh, watch for my post tomorrow where I will share the rest of their list…and we’ll see how many you are doing + what you might want to start working on.
With Grace + Ease my Friends!!
Cristy Nix, SoulfulAlignedbiz.com
Hey!  Know someone who is having some challenges in feeling inspired in their business + Life?  Share this with them, and tweet it out!  Many Thanks, Y’all!
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How to make those online courses actually get results!

What would you do if you KNEW how to make any online course get the results you wanted? soulfulmompreneur.com

Well, we feel like we have finally figured it out!

If you are anything like me,  you might be tired of investing the time, energy, and money into online courses and not seeing the results you were hoping for….total bummer, right?

We hear you!

We might start out all pumped to try a new course, hoping to achieve the results the instructor promises.  We put a bunch of enthusiastic energy into getting it done, then we go to apply it + BAM. Nothing.

Well, this video might explain why this is happening to you, too (our big a-ha moment) + what we found actually works. Plus, we have included the next steps to take, too.

The answer…you gotta get human interaction like support, conversation, passing it by someone who speaks your language.

Simple, right? But it’s something you cannot do by yourself, so we would like to be of help.

If you want us to help you make your online coursework actually get work for you, then let’s chat to see where you are, why things aren’t working and next steps to get you achieving what you really want out of that online course ~ RESULTS!

Click here to answer a few questions to see if we are the right people to help you figure this out:  Soulful Clarity Session

That’s it.  Chat soon!

With Grace + ease my friends!

Cristy Nix, SoulfulAlignedbiz.com

[video] How to Make “Being Visible” Something You Actually Want to Do!

We’ve all been there, some of us more than others.

The quandary:

“How to I get more ideal clients?” my client asks me.

“Well, you need to put yourself out there more,” I offer kindly.

“But I don’t like putting myself out there.  I mean who actually likes speaking in front of people?  Networking? And don’t get me started on social media!” She counters back.

“I hear you,” I said. “But if you don’t put yourself out there, they will not know you exist.”

“Peachy,”  she replies. “But there has to be a way to not dread doing it.  It’s draining and not any fun!”

“Yep, it’s called aligned visibility, and I can help you do it.”

Does this conversation hit home at all?  For many of us, “putting ourselves out there” is frustrating, baffling, and exhausting.

Why?  Because there are so many different perspectives on HOW you need to be visible.

And we are here to tell you there is only one…and it’s actually so simple you might miss it.  Do it YOUR WAY!

So, throw the rule book out the window and let’s set a course to help you find your own path in being more visible.

Be sure to watch the video to get what I’m talking about and how to find your own brand of Visibility Awesomeness!

Remember,
@soulfulalign Alignment NOT Rules!

And hey, if you would like a support system in find YOUR best way to be visible, check out our next Aligned Visibility Challenge Starting Soon!

 

Exciting Stuff!

Cristy Nix, SoulfulAlignedbiz.com

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[video] How to Manifest Faster with the Law of Attraction

Have you ever heard, “What you focus on is what you will create?”
Well, that my friends is the Law of attraction.  Manifesting is your own ability to bring what you want into fruition, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve had some challenges around bringing things into my life that I want to make happen.  What’s funny is that is what we do for our clients everyday, help them bring their business into alignment with who they are so manifesting what the really want is a whole lot easier.
But, you know cobbler’s shoes and all.
So, when a client so clearly put it in such a simple + direct manor, I had to share it with you.  She said ” being in alignment sure makes the law of attraction work faster”
BOOM!!!  Mind Blown!!
Law of attraction
We work so hard to push ourselves to work harder, do more, try more things, do things we really don’t want to, but feel we “have” to.
But is that really putting us in a place to manifest what we really want?
Nope.
By aligning ourselves with what we want to put out into the world is key, and keeping our focus there, and not the money, stress, and self doubt, is what is really going to serve us AND our clients best, right?
So, my question, what do you feel is hard or challenging in your world? Your business?
THAT is what is holding you back from manifesting with ease.  So, stop being so hard on yourself, and find someone to help you get your business in alignment with who you are.  It’s just easier.  And I’m feeling like we could all use a little more of that, right?
Tweetable:  “Alignment makes the Law of Attraction work faster”
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Exciting Stuff!!
 Cristy Nix, SoulfulAlignedbiz.com