intuition or ego

Intuition or Ego?

It’s not always easy to tell if our choices are coming from the right place. However, if you follow your intuition, your life is likely to be enjoyable and meaningful. Follow your ego and you might be successful in many ways, but you’re likely to find yourself wondering why you’re not as happy as you think you could be.

In this article, you will learn some ways to tell work out whether you are being guided by your intuition or ego:

  1. Ego-based decisions are grounded in fear and self-preservation. If you decide to go to university to study medicine primarily for reasons of financial security, that’s ego. If you decide to avoid going live on social media because you’re afraid of what people will think or making a mistake, that is likely to be ego.
  2. Ego-based decisions typically have emotion connected to them. A choice made from a place of intuition just feels “right” and often comes out of left field. You might be mowing the grass and be hit with the idea of becoming a dog breeder. The resulting battle in your head is your ego fighting back.
  3. Ego-based decisions consider external results. You might be writing a book to get a best-seller, or because you have a message that you want to get out into the world. 
  4. Ego-based decisions involve rationalization. Your ego is wonderful at convincing you that its choice is the right one.

“I’ll never get that job. Imagine how disappointed I’ll feel when it doesn’t work out. People like me are destined to only be supervisors, but there’s nothing wrong with that. I can still have a decent life.” 

It’s really just a rationalization based on fear – fear of success or fear of failure. The ego tries to justify itself with facts, figures, and logic. Intuition doesn’t require these tricks to compel you. If you’re using logic to convince yourself of a course of action, you can bet that’s your ego squawking. 

  1. Intuition doesn’t judge. A thought or decision arising from intuition doesn’t involve judgment statements about right or wrong, good or bad. Intuitive thoughts feel calm, relaxed, and peaceful. There’s a universal truth to an idea that arises from intuition.
  2. Is the expected gratification coming from within or is it external. Would you make the same choice if no one would ever know? Would you purchase that designer handbag if no one ever knew you owned it? Or do you simply love the look of the bag and love the idea of owning a quality piece? 

While the ego can be very limiting, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s wrong. Remember that the ego’s motivation is largely based on self-preservation. Your ego believes that it has your best interests at heart. Ignoring the ego can be challenging. It uses fear to influence you. It’s only natural to avoid fear and seek comfort.

The trick is to realize when fear is holding you back from something bigger and better. Sometimes fear is keeping you from doing something foolish. Think before choosing which voice to follow: use these tips to help you make a decision that will bring you true happiness.

I hope you enjoyed this article. I would love to know what do you find easier to recognise in yourself – your intuition or your ego?

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