Remember being a kid in school, and the teacher would shout, “Listen up” whenever the class got too noisy? Everyone would quiet down for a minute or two, and then slowly the chatter would build again?

I bet you know where I’m going with this. Is the daily chatter of your busy life getting in the way of what’s really important to you? This is related to the Overcoming Overwhelm post, but it goes beyond task management. What are you doing with your life? What do you feel you could be doing? Do you even know?

Now, I’m not trying to be hard on you here. We all get caught up in tasks and mental (or audible) chatter. Like children, we can focus for a bit and then suddenly other things catch our attention and just like that we are off on a tangent. “Um, what was I doing before I got distracted?” It is possible to have little distractions and still lead a fulfilling life, but it is all too easy for those distractions to BECOME our lives. You know what I’m talking about: kids; work; spouse; friends; chores; TV; Internet surfing; the list goes on. Did you notice what I did not include in that list? YOU. So, what about you? I ask again, “Do you even know about you?” Ok, let’s get to it and help you find your way to your audacious self.

How do we listen up to hear what we are meant to do when our circuits are overloaded? Is it possible to hear the guidance from our higher selves when we are so busy? Sure, you just have to stop the chatter for a minute. So, how do we do that? Meditating helps, as does taking long walks or sitting by the seaside. It doesn’t matter, but it is vital that you find what works for you. To help you get started, how about we return to the school model and I’ll give you an assignment.

1. Commit to listening. At the very least, schedule a time during the day (preferably the same each day) when you are going to do nothing but listen to your higher self for two minutes. Try not to talk back to what you hear, but just take it in. Put an appointment on your calendar, and set a timer if you need to. Just two minutes a day. Eventually increase this to three times a day, and soon you’ll find that you can move into “listening mode” whenever you like. Just try it – trust me.
2. After your listening time, take one more minute to write down what you heard. Whatever it is, just make a note. Don’t worry if it seems like nothing important, go ahead and list it. You will notice over time that as you become accustomed to listening, the messages get more interesting.
3. Move into active listening by posing a question to your higher self. Try open-ended questions like, “What is the best way for me to find meaningful employment? Am I approaching this particular situation in the best manner? What am I missing right now that I need to notice?”

To live an abundant and audacious life, you need to get comfortable with yourself and where you can best apply your gifts. Getting out of your head and listening to your higher self, the part of you that really knows you and what is best for you, is the way to get to your best life. Nobody else can lead you to where you need to go, so pay attention, listen up, and head out on the path to your intrepid life.