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Is your inner voice trying to tell you something? Then jump up and listen! Thinking Beyond Limits with Kevin Kelly.

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I'm very pleased to have this post from Reallygood Thinking guest professor Kevin Kelly, an Internationally Acclaimed Motivational Speaker and best selling author.  Kevin's just launched his new book “Basics before Buzz – managing in challenging times”.


In 1996, my intuition was telling me to write a best-selling personal excellence book.

To start the process, I printed “I am a Best Selling author” and “Manuscript finished by May 28th” and placed the A4 sheets on the back of my office door and over my workspace.

My friends and business colleagues highlighted the obvious obstacles that lay ahead:

English was not my strongest subject. In my final examination, I earned just a very poor ‘D’ grade.

Writing and speaking are two very different disciplines, and I had no experience of writing.

Famous American writers predominantly controlled the self-help market.

There was also a view that I was too young to be taken seriously, and we didn’t even discuss how I was going to find a publisher or motivate people to buy my book!

It’s fair to say that the prevailing ‘wisdom’ was against my adventure, but with trust in my heart, I swam against this considerable tide to honour my inner whispers.

You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"

George Bernard Shaw

My focus remained on the dream, believing as always that the map would appear in time.

Over the next week and months, people turned up, doors opened and opportunities presented themselves until, by May 28th, the manuscript was finished!

To date “How? When You Don’t Know How” has been a mega best seller. Mission accomplished.

It is important to note that right throughout the process I continued to focus on my dream and worked continuously to convert it into reality. This meant that no matter what town I visited, I called to bookshops to merchandise and sign books. Furthermore, I initiated publicity in all my target regions, and never missed an opportunity to tell people about the book.

Commitment counts!

Your logical, left-brain mind will always give you enough reasons not to act on your gut feelings. No matter what your dream is, you will always find enough reasons not to act.

Whether or not you are aware of it, you have access to an intelligence far greater than that which is available through your conscious mind: your intuition.

Trusting and following your intuition, gut feeling, sixth sense, hunch - or whatever you want to call it – is an integral part of reaching your full potential, personally and professionally. In my own life, my intuition is my compass.


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Cheers for reading this post.  I'd love to hear what you think, and if you've any great tips for seizing the balls of life and following your intuition.  I appreciate your comments so much so please go for it and let me know what's on your mind.  Much love, Ian.

Your comments:

@logoscoaching says:
11/01/2010 15:21:47

'inner whispers'....that is exactly what they are. If we do not listen (for at least for a few minutes of a day) we may never hear them. They are unassuming but very powerful. I am delighted for you that you listened to yours :)
@reallyrosemarie says:
08/01/2010 23:42:13

You're completely right about trusting your intuition. I've been trying to reconnect with mine lately after realizing it's never steered me wrong. Not easy, but I have a hunch that I can do it. ;)


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