You are missing out on all of your brilliance.
The thing with using only your head to make decisions – mundane or profound - is that not all your thoughts belong to you.
You – and everyone – are programmed to think certain ways from an early age. Your survival depends on it. Your initial beliefs are from your parents, or significant caregivers, that may or may not support your best self.
Other thoughts include influences from societal expectations, cultural norms, and these days, relentless media. Unfortunately, sometimes these external sources warp your potential for greatness. (That is putting it mildly.)
What to do?
Engage your body.
Your body offers you MANY gifts. One of its’ vast treasures is that it serves as a barometer and lets you know how you FEEL. Your body tells the truth of your experience.
TRY IT! For the sake of practice, bring to mind-body something simple to decide, like what you are going to have to dinner or something that is not filled with angst at the moment.
How do you feel? Does it feel like light or heavy? Does is it feel good, or not? Notice your thoughts AND tune into the sensations in your body.
If you wish, try on another decision that is perhaps more complex or gnawing at you. Do you feel open or closed? Expansive or contracted? About to throw up or free as a bird?
When your body says “yes” or “no,” this is your innate wisdom* speaking through you. It is in your best self’s interest to turn towards what your body is saying and give it attention.
(*Soul, Higher Self, Intuition, Knower, Inner Voice, More...)
Even if it doesn’t make sense, logical, or lined up with your 1- or 5-year plan.
IMPORTANT: If you are feeling a “no” in your body, it doesn’t necessarily mean that what you are deciding about is a “no.” It may mean there is a part of your decision that needs more support or a skill set to develop or it is currently not aligned with your divine timing.
ALSO IMPORTANT: It is possible that after listening to your body you may be more confused. It’s OK. Sorting through what thoughts, as well as sensations and emotions, belong to you – or not – takes intention and attention.
The good news? Your body gives you direct access, so tuning in can actually save you time, as well as unnecessary strife and suffering.
If you would rather not engage your body wisdom and live by default, reactive, and not quite awake, that is an option.
However, if you want more out of YOUR life, take the plunge and dive into the wisdom of your sacred resource that houses your internal brilliance.