“Trust your gut.”
heard this my whole life. But it’s only been in the last year I really
pay attention and recognize when something is coming from my gut (aka my
intuition). Growing up, I was always known as the sensitive kid.
Sensitive on all levels — scratchy clothing drives me mad, my ears are
super sensitive to loud sounds or specific low tones, I’m sensitive to
how people are feeling around me, and am highly sensitive to smells.
From the time I was a kid to now, I’ve always been intuitive but there
were times in my life when I ignored it or let my cognitive mind take
over too much. I’ve never fully shut it off but I know I’ve used it more
in the last 2 years than I have in probably any other time in my life.
risking going off on a New Age deep end, I want to share with you how I
know when something is my intuition. It’s helped me in business and in
life and I’m hoping it might help you as well.
something isn’t right: I get a feeling of pressure just below my rib
cage – upper stomach area- that feels heavy. For example, when I was
prepping for Shark Tank, I had to present my pitch to producers before I
presented to the Sharks and all week long, I had that heavy pit
feeling. The time comes to pitch (what had been my script originally but
then was heavily edited by producers), I bombed it. REALLY BOMBED IT. I
couldn’t even remember what I was supposed to say…about my own
company?!?!. Talk about embarrassing! Now coming from background in
public speaking and even teaching public speaking, I knew it had nothing
to do with being nervous about presenting. That pit in my stomach was
my intuition telling me that I needed to go against producer’s
directives and say what I knew I wanted to convey to the Sharks in my
own way, my own voice. So I told producers I was re-writing it which
wasn’t exactly supported but who could blame them. They know how to make good TV and that's what they were attempting to do with my pitch. Two days later, the doors swung open to
cameras, lights, Sharks, and a nervous production team. I pitched my
heart out NOT using what we’d worked on for weeks, but what I came up
with in the one day between pre-pitching and filming. I’m confident the
only reason I got offered two deals was because I stayed true to what my
intuition was telling me. To be honest, be real, and speak from the
heart. And ya know what? That pit I had in my stomach was non-existent
the day I pitched to the Sharks. Sure I was nervous, but I was
confident. Big difference.
then, I’ve learned a lot about the body’s energy systems (think Eastern
medicine) and the very place I felt that heavy, pit in the stomach
feeling was a place called the Solar Plexus. Here’s the description for
“The Solar Plexus Chakra,
located above the navel and below the sternum, is the home of the ego.
Your own inner confidence, your will, your self-esteem, and your voice
are all traced from the energy of this bold yellow chakra
center. Manipura is the Sanskrit word associated with this chakra, and
translated it means “lustrous gem.” It is this shining aspect of your
personality that allows you to step forward and say ‘I can do it’ in any
situation. The way you view yourself as a capable and praiseworthy
person is a reflection of this resilient chakra center. In a way, the
energy springing from the Solar Plexus Chakra is like sunshine, lighting
your way in the world and empowering you to make yourself heard.”
was clear from the way my body was reacting, I didn’t feel confident in
what I was being told to say in the first pitch but it’s hard to go
against authority so I pressed on. The defining moment when I bombed
what should have been a piece of cake was the push I needed to listen to
my intuition which was screaming all along. It’s the same place you
feel that kick in the gut feeling when you’re told really horrible news.
It affects the energy of your body significantly.
to acknowledge what that feeling is when I have it about deals,
partnerships, investment opportunities, and people in general has made
all the difference in the world. If something lingers in your mind to
where you feel paralyzed to act and/or you feel that heaviness in your
solar plexus, take a good hard look at what you’re about to do. Even if
it goes against what everyone else is telling you to do, your intuition
is telling you what is right for you.
has nothing to do with this. While I’m the first to admit that I very
much believe in the afterlife, spirit energy, and a higher power, this
is more about learning how the body reacts in times of stress and
uncertainty and learning to trust your own internal voice. And that, I’ve found, has EVERYTHING to do with making good
decisions. Decisions that are right for you as an individual or a