We all use them.

They stifle new ideas, restrict inspirational wisdom and make you feel exhausted and directionless.

What, you ask?

The words that are INTUITION KILLERS. What are they? They’re words like…

“I’m stuck.”

“I don’t know.”

“Nothing is working out.”

“I guess I should just give up.”

“I don’t know what I want to do.”

You get the idea. It’s the thoughts and words that kind of suck the life out of you and leave you totally without a clue about what to do next.

We use these words most often when our intuition is telling us it’s time for a change and we’re in a transition. It’s an unsettling time for most people. We hate not knowing. The famous philosopher “anonymous” once said, "The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you refuse to make the turn."

How do you begin to make the turn? Listen to what you say to yourself. The Course in Miracles has an affirmation that says, "I could choose peace instead of this." You have a choice over the thoughts you choose. You can choose the ones that make you feel good, hopeful and positive or the ones that make you feel rotten, hopeless and miserable. Here are a few general statements you can make to yourself when you’re feeling down. See which ones make you feel more hopeful and begin to include them in your own inner dialog.

“Things have a way of working out for me.”

“Let me be open to new possibilities.”

“My intuition is guiding me to my right next steps.”

“I’m willing for life to be fun and enjoyable.”

Interested in learning more? Here are four tips to help you get going in the right direction again!

Acknowledge it’s time for a change — You don’t need to give up a job or career right now as the result of this insight. It’s simply an inner step in the process of change. Consider letting friends and appropriate colleagues know what you’re thinking. They may see that you possess strengths, skills, and interests that you haven’t acknowledged in yourself.

Give yourself a period of exploration time — Depending on your situation, this can be a few weeks to a few years. You’re using this time to consult your inner compass, your intuition. Of the possibilities in front of you, what feels exciting? Be willing to explore interests that may not make immediate sense in terms of a career choice. Within your dreams, interests, and aspirations you’ll find opportunity. It’s as if your intuition gives you clues about the best path to follow even though your limited logical mind may not know where you’re headed!

Commit to taking action steps — Motivational speaker and author Tony Robbins once observed, “You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action." What are three things you could do this month that would give you information about your interest? Perhaps you could take a class, read a book, make an appointment with a career coach, or talk to someone who has a similar goal. It doesn’t have to be a huge risk. When you commit to action, your intuition can begin to guide you. It puts options, possibility, and hope in your path.

Ask your intuition open-ended questions — These might include “What would I enjoy doing for work?” “What next steps can I take that will lead me in the right direction?” “Who can I talk with that will help me with these choices?” “What could I do that would help others and be fun for me?” As you go about your day, pay attention to any inner nudges or impulses from your intuition that points you in a new direction.

What’s YOUR favorite technique to help you get unstuck? Let me know! I love reading your answers!