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Shut Up and Listen. Your Life Depends On It.

That voice…

You know the one I mean.

The one inside of you, nudging you to do something.

Maybe it’s telling you to get out of that bad relationship, to quit your job, or to start the business you’ve been dreaming about for years.

The quiet voice says you can do it. The ego says you should be afraid.

Which voice do you listen to?

You need to meditate.

Don’t worry. You are not doing it wrong. You cannot do it wrong.

It just feels uncomfortable because your ego is making you think it is supposed to be a certain way.

Just close your eyes, breathe in, breathe out and observe your breath. That’s all it is. It is impossible to screw it up – trust me.

Yes, you will feel a quiet stillness and then your to do list will start to yell at you and you’ll start to panic that you will forget to do that thing and you will want to open your eyes, get up, and grab a pen.


Just let the thought go and go back to observing your breath. Over and over and over again.

It is in this place of silence you will hear the guidance you are seeking.

It may not happen the first time or even the seventh but eventually when you routinely take time to meditate you will get in touch with your voice. The one that starts out like a feather gently telling you what you must do and eventually you will find the entire universe will conspire to make it happen.

It looks like this:

That bad relationship, he leaves you for someone else because you didn’t have the courage to get out yourself.

That job you hate so much disappears and if you are lucky, you get a small severance package to start over.

That business you dreamt of, you’ll see someone on Shark Tank getting millions invested in your idea in the next twelve months.

That is, unless you take action now, instead of letting someone else decide for you what the outcome will be of what that voice is telling you to do.

Listen to the quiet voice inside. Tell fear to shut up and go away.

That quiet voice is your inner wisdom. The other one is fear.

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Oprah Winfrey said that the only difference between her and the rest of us is she faithfully listens to that voice and does what it tells her to do no matter how hard it is.

Physiologically what happens when you meditate is this: Your amygdala shrinks.

Your amygdala is the fear centre in the brain. When you meditate this fear centre in your brain gets smaller and you become calmer and more certain about the things you should fear and the things you should do.

Meditation is not just hokie-pokie woo-woo stuff. There is a physiological and psychological benefit to doing it.

Those who meditate know.

In order to gain certainty on how you want to live your life and run your business, you must first seek clarity. Clarity comes from sitting in silence.

So when I say shut up and listen, I mean it. Be still and listen. Listen to your heart.

Stop asking everyone else for their opinion on YOUR life. Listen to your own wisdom.

The life you want is waiting. You matter. Go make that life one that is worth living.



8 thoughts on “Shut Up and Listen. Your Life Depends On It.”

  1. Heather Chernofsky

    Excellent advice! I find that when I get to a difficult point in my life and/or business, just taking a few minutes out to reflect and meditate helps a great deal in the decision process.

  2. good post….there are myriads of ways to meditate and one does not have to sit there for hours to get the answer…the answer always comes when we ask the question.

    as for when fears shows up, I suggest acknowledging it and thank it for showing you your fearful thought….you can then choose to dialogue with it in a journal to see what it may have to share with you or you may just wish to acknowledge it, take a deep breath or two…and say, it ‘s my ego reacting to my thoughts….choose a new thought that serves you better…or have a mantra that you can repeat in these moments lke these.

  3. Great post Lisa! Meditation is a really good tool to use to gain clarity in your life and to also bring peace. When my to do list starts going through my head. I usually visualize those thoughts floating away on little clouds or in tiny balloons until they are gone. I really love your point of view on how to meditate and the benefits to doing it.

  4. Great article, Lisa. I love meditation – it has changed my life for the better. In a recent meditation, I received the title for my new book series! Inspiration – you just have to shut off all the noise and listen.

  5. This is so true. Once I began my daily practice of meditating and journaling, everything started falling into place for me. I got clear on a major issue which led to further clarity in other areas and now the changes are coming so quickly I can barely keep up – but I love it! I love my life!

  6. I’m so grateful for your comments on this post. For me, meditation is such an important element to my business and personal life and I’m glad I’m not the only one. :-)

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Founder and CEO of the Lisa Larter Group, master strategist, author, speaker, podcast host, social media expert, consultant, and business coach. Lisa inspires entrepreneurs and business owners to see the possibilities for their organizations when it comes to strategy. She uncomplicates modern marketing and creates (and implements) strategies for businesses that are guaranteed to increase visibility, inbound leads, and revenue.

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