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The Hardest Part of Following Your Intuition – and How to Overcome It


There are lots of reasons why following your intuition is hard.

Just being able to hear your intuition is a challenge in and of itself.

But once you start to open to your intuitive side – and are willing to act on its nudgings – your still small voice gets louder and louder.


Then comes the fun part:

Following those nudgings.

And by “fun,” I mean: Possibly the most challenging thing you will ever do in your life.


Here’s why:

Intuition, by definition, is something that comes from a place outside material reality.

But our day-to-day life is rooted in material reality.

It can be really, really easy to let material reality – our current physical experience – dictate our path.

And by “really, really easy,” I mean: It seems like the easiest thing to follow what we currently see/hear/taste/touch, but using current material circumstances as our only guide often leads to things that suck less-than-desirable circumstances.


Material reality in and of itself is limited because it doesn’t include the intuitive realm.

The intuitive realm gives us all kinds of awesome information that leads us into all kinds of awesome experiences that we can’t currently see/hear/taste/touch.

In other words, following our intuition requires a leap of faith.


Actually, a leap of faith is mostly required when you first start following your intuition. The more you follow your inner promptings, the more you trust them.

Except when you don’t.

I have a little story that illustrates this process.

In my cartooning, I start out by sketching in pencil. This allows me flexibility.

I can try stuff out, make mistakes, and erase whatever doesn’t work.

After lots of mistakes and lots of erasing, I finally get it just right.

At this point, it’s time to bring out the markers and trace over what I’ve done.

This is a key moment.

This is the point where I need to trust the lines that are on the page.

I need to put aside my judging and evaluating mind, and simply trace the lines in front of me.

Except sometimes I don’t.

Sometimes I want to jump in and change things at the last minute.

Not because I got an inner prompting to do so.

But just because I want to.

This rarely works.


See where I’m going here?

Getting “creative” and straying from the outline is like straying from the path set by my intuitive guidance.

One of the groovy – and sometimes maddening – things about being human is that we have free will.

We are free to stray all we want.

The outcome looks like this…


… but we are free to pursue it.

Bottom line, the hardest part of following your intuition is following your intuition.

Our minds want to jump in. Our minds want to change things at the last minute.

That said, there are times when our intuition jumps in at the last minute and changes course.

(In my cartooning analogy, this would be the equivalent of starting to trace my outline, realizing that I need to change something in my pencil sketch, and then changing it in pencil before tracing it in pen. In other words, the outline/my intuition still rules.)

And how do we know the difference between intuitive suggestions and those from our bossy/crafty minds?


We follow each path and evaluate the outcome.

Does the final picture look like this?


Or this?


Actually, maybe your intuition led you to draw the wacky cat face. And if it did, that’s the right one for you. The wacky cat face would be your penciled outline.

So another question is not how does the outcome look, but how does it make you feel?

Like this?


Or like this?


Learning to follow your intuition is one of the most powerful things you will ever do.

And you can’t mess it up.

The “mistakes” are part of the process. Your “mistakes” are taking you closer to an intimate relationship with the best guide ever.

A guide that has your back. And your front. And your inside and outside.

How cool is that?!


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6 Responses to The Hardest Part of Following Your Intuition – and How to Overcome It

  1. River October 25, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    Hi Z,
    This is where I am always working to ‘stay out of my way’. Every single time I get a nudge and DON’T pay attention to it, I regret it later because it is always working for my highest good and I have the experience to know it. I have to keep giving myself grace when I argue with it or ignore it because I really hate being ‘wrong’. But then again maybe that is the real lesson for me – to love me no matter what. *wink*
    BTW I like the whacky cat, but you’d know that about me!
    Much Love,

    • Z Egloff October 25, 2016 at 10:53 am #

      Hi River, Yeah – I’ve had some of those experiences too. The not-following-my-intuition-and-then-getting-to-see-that-it-really-would-have-been-better-if-I’d-just-listened experiences. I agree with you that being gentle with yourself when you don’t follow your intuition is key. Love is always the answer! :) And speaking of love, I love that you like the whacky cat. 😉 XOZ

  2. Michel Frank October 25, 2016 at 9:21 am #

    Intuition is my greatest guide…….As you say, it takes time, understanding, diligence and tuning in to my free spirit which just allows the intuitive path to flow….It also has helped having a Spirit Guide, a special friend I am so connected with, who never, ever provides the direct answer but rather allows me to believe in our
    existence; then my intuition takes me where I want or need to go……it is so awesome and so much fun, Iam now studying to be a wizard…hooray

    • Z Egloff October 25, 2016 at 10:50 am #

      Hi Michel, Thank you for this great description of how the process works for you. I love hearing about how other people tune into their intuition. It’s a little different for everyone. And Yay for wizards! :) XOZ

  3. Diane October 26, 2016 at 10:18 pm #

    Aloha Z!

    I was thinking about one of my kids as I read this…so I followed the nudge and sent it to her☺️

    T shirt arrived yesterday – mahalo! I love it💕

    • Z Egloff October 28, 2016 at 10:09 am #

      Aloha Diane! So great to hear from you. And so glad that the T shirt arrived and that you like it. Yay! And thanks for sharing the post. BIG love to you! XOZ

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