Think of someone you know who leads a successful life. They probably have an enviable aura of calm and peacefulness, yet somehow they seem to sparkle with infectious energy. They enjoy life and they love to share that joy with others.

Does that sound like you? It could be, because you have within you a powerful guide that can lead you unerringly to a positive and vibrant life. I’m talking about intuition – an amazingly reliable source of information that I often refer to as “the compass of the soul.” It’s available to you 24/7, fifty-two weeks a year, ready to point you in the direction of energy, passion, and joy. And best of all, you don’t have to be “gifted” to take advantage of all that it offers. You can get started on a great life – or a greater life – right now by following these simple suggestions:

Trust your Inner Wisdom
People who believe in trusting their intuition tend to be more successful in life. Intuition is often referred to as a “hunch” or a “gut feeling.” But there are many ways to receive this vital information, which may come to you through feelings, words, physical sensations, images, fleeting impressions, or dreams. Pay attention to how you receive these impressions and check in often with your inner "Success Coach."

Ask your Intuition Questions
When you’re in the midst of a difficult life situation begin the habit of asking questions of your intuition. "What is it that I am here to learn?" "What is the best possible outcome for this situation?" The answer may not always leap into your mind. It takes time to retrain your thinking to “hear” the subtle messages from your guidance system. You may find that the answer comes in an impulse to try something different, or a gradual awakening to a new way of thinking about an obstacle you’re confronting.

Dream, Reflect and Meditate
Intuitive answers to life’s concerns come most easily during meditation, prayer and reflection. Find a place at your home or office where you won’t be disturbed and take a few deep breaths and turn your focus within. You might find it helpful to have a centering word or words that you say to yourself. These could include, “God,” “Calm,” “Peace be still” or any other word or phrase that enables you to find the quiet place within. Know that there is wisdom in the Universe that flows through you and all around you. It has your best interests at heart. When your mind is still and your heart is open, the answers you seek can come to you.

Discover What you Love to Do
Successful people pay attention to what they feel passionate about. They commit to spending time each day doing what they love. For some it’s a job that pays. For others it may be volunteer work or a hobby. The root of the word enthusiasm is entheos. It literally means “God Within.” When you feel enthusiastic about your dreams it means God is speaking through you and saying “yes” to your goals! When you feel excited about something, that's a nudge from your intuition about what direction to pursue.

Practice Gratitude
Do you often whine and complain about what you don't have and ignore the abundance all around you? Begin to notice and appreciate what you attract easily into your life. Perhaps you have a healthy body or a wonderful group of close friends. Pay attention to small things around you -- the new flower in your garden, the sound of your cat's purr, the laughter of a child or the beauty of freshly fallen snow. Before you know it, abundance in all forms will begin to flow into your life.

Shift your Thoughts
The next time you find yourself feeling anxious about something, become aware of the inner dialog you’re having. Ask yourself “Is there another way to think about this?” Try to catch yourself in the early stages of worry and negative thinking and begin to focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want. Ask for guidance if you need help with this. One client asked in prayer, "Please guide my thoughts, my words and my actions. I wish to think, speak and act with love." She was astonished at the difference this simple affirmation made.

Don't be Afraid of Fear
Fear is the biggest hurdle that stops most people from achieving their dreams. It happens when you move out of the comfort zone of the life you’ve known and into a life on the borders of your dreams. Many of us feel the fear and say, “I’m not going one step further.” Or “Give me a guarantee of success and then I’ll move forward.” Or even, “I feel scared. This must be my intuition telling me that this direction is wrong.” You’re about to take a leap of faith, but know that you’re not alone. The inspiration and direction from your intuition is there to guide you safely to your hopes and dreams.

Choose to be Happy
Part of learning to trust your intuition is remembering to ask, "Does this decision make me happy?" or "Do I feel energized by this decision?" There are many ways to ask the question and experience the answer, but here's the truth: your intuition will provide you with the information you need to make positive choices. Research has shown that happiness is a choice. There is always a positive and a negative aspect to any change that occurs in our lives, and isn’t it wonderful that we get to choose our focus?

A long time ago, I got in the habit of asking, "What's good about this situation?" I promise you that if you do the same, you’ll be surprised at the happiness that brightens your world. Have fun with all of this. And have a great life!

Author's Bio: 

Lynn A. Robinson, M.Ed., is one of the nation's leading experts on the topic of intuition. Through her work as an intuitive she's helped thousands of people discover their life passion and achieve their goals. She's a bestselling author whose latest book is LISTEN: Trusting Your Inner Voice in Times of Crisis. Her other books include Divine Intuition and Trust Your Gut. Her free Intuition Newsletter is available at http://www.LynnRobinson.com. She may be reached at 800-925-4002 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              800-925-4002      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              800-925-4002      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or at Lynn@LynnRobinson.com.

Copyright 2010 by Lynn A. Robinson