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How to Use Your Intuition to Choose a Career

by Linda Kaban, studioD

Your intuition can be a powerful tool in helping you to make choices that are right for you. When you're trying to decide on a career path, it's even more imperative to consult your inner guide. Using reason alone might allow you to score a job that pays a lot but which will never make you happy. When your future mental, emotional or financial well-being is on the line, you need to become still and listen to the loudest whispers coming from within.

Read the Signs

When you think about career choices, pay attention to the physical reactions they evoke. Goosebumps and delighted shivers when you think about certain careers are good indicators that your intuition is leading you in the right direction. If you're weighed down by the dull, heavy feelings usually associated with sadness or boredom when you think of other careers, your intuition is giving you a sign that you're off track. That's not to say you should make a snap decision based on the way you feel. Sit with your reactions to thoughts about different job choices and monitor their intensity and duration.

Write It Down

Capturing intuitive thoughts as soon as they arise will be helpful in choosing your career. Write it all down in a journal or notebook. Keeping a log of what interests you and how thinking about it makes you feel will help you winnow out the chaff. If becoming a yoga teacher lights up your heart, for instance, but you can't afford the teacher training or the start-up costs of running a small business, you might have to relegate that career to the someday or part-time column. The short list of acceptable careers that remain after you edit out the currently impossible will be the ones to pursue.

Call Out the Troops

Once you narrow down a list of career choices that excite you, your intuition is going to need a little help from your common sense. Not too much, though. If you base a career choice purely on common sense, you might be stuck in a job that pays the bills but leaves your spirit drained. Common sense can work well with intuition when you're considering your long-term goals. Whether you yearn to be in a leadership position within a corporation or start a nonprofit devoted to helping people, you have to play to your current strengths, education and skills and build on those over time.

Action Plan

Don't ruminate too long before taking steps to act on your inspiration. Intuition doesn't punch in at nine or close up shop at night. It can jabber away for years unchecked. Once you have an idea of what you want to do career-wise, act on it. Fill out the applications or take on an internship just to measure how accurate your intuition was with regard to your aspirations. Your intuition is a fabulous tool for helping you to plan your career path, but it's up to you to forge ahead.

About the Author

Linda Kaban is a certified yoga teacher and professional life coach who specializes in helping people achieve their fitness goals. With a bachelor's degree in the humanities, Kaban has been writing since 1998 and has been published in YOGALife magazine along with other healthy living publications.

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