Calling on Your Intuition to Make Big Decisions: Now You'll Have a Tool
Elizabeth is an unwavering gym devotee and would not consider ending her membership.
I, on the other hand, go through cycles: I’ll join a gym because I sometimes crave the things they offer that I can’t get elsewhere: a surplus of free weights and weight machines; really big treadmills (as opposed to mine at home which would be too small if I were 2” taller!); a rowing machine; other people working hard.
When the honeymoon phase of the new membership wears off, my boredom starts to set in, and I show up less and less at the gym.
When I decide to join a gym, I’m often seeking a way to boost my activity, but I have to weigh my history with gyms and wonder, “Will this be a good fit or a waste of money? Will this particular gym be different from the others? How long before I get bored this time?”
By the time I’m thinking about canceling, I’ve usually hit the boredom wall and perhaps hasn’t been to the gym in a month or two. By this time, I have definitely wasted money. Maybe I’ve even put on a few pounds from the lack of activity.
And what of the enrollment fees I paid when I started the membership? That’ll be money down the drain if I cancel.
Some gyms know my type, so they offer a very small ($10/month) recurring charge so we can re-up in the future if we want without forfeiting the enrollment fee. I took the bait on this once, then realized within a few days that I was fooling myself if I thought I was going to go back. So I fully cancelled.
This decision is relatively small-scale. It doesn’t have lifelong consequences. It doesn’t involve much money.
We all face these medium-level decisions and sometimes struggle over a few days or weeks until we get to knowing the right decision to make.
Other low-level decisions have zero consequences:
What’s for dinner?”
Should I watch one more episode of Breaking Bad or should I go to bed?
Should I buy the organic carrots or the store-brand?
But what about big decisions, like buying a house or car; moving in with your boyfriend or girlfriend; changing careers; relocating; being asked to serve on a board or chair an event; or choosing which publishing path to take with your novel or memoir.
Big decisions involve big chunks of time commitment, lifestyle change, and/or lots of money.
Big decisions tend to involve other people in your life. They tend to have long-term consequences. Sometimes they even come with a deadline.
PowerJournal to the rescue!
PowerJournal, a technique that Elizabeth created, uses four tools that enable you to open a clear channel to your highest self, which knows the truth about who you are, what you want, and how you can get it.
PowerJournaling allows you to get in touch with your intuition--that gut feeling you get when you have a decision to make—and to cut through all the junk that tries to stop you from making a decision—and trust it. So often we seek outside input to justify a decision our gut has already made.
I haven’t been to the gym in six weeks. Do you think I should continue to pay $60/month for the membership?
If I’m asking myself that question, I already know the answer. The logical thing is:
Of course you should not cancel your membership! What you need to do is get your butt to the gym!
Only I know if I am going back to the gym. I don’t need to ask for input on whether not going to the gym while paying for a membership makes any sense. Of course it doesn’t!
Those big decision, though…
Stay tuned for more details about the forthcoming PowerJournal workbook #3, coming soon!
© 2019 Catherine M. Greenspan