Rev. Jessica Johansson

Rev. Jessica Johansson

How to Tell the Difference Between Fear and Intuition


When you’re trying to make a big decision, it can be hard to know which voice to listen to. On one hand, you have your fear telling you all the reasons why something might not work out. On the other hand, you have your intuition whispering (or sometimes shouting) that this is the right thing for you. So how do you tell the difference between fear and intuition?

One of the easiest ways to spot the difference between your fear and your intuition is by their intention. Fear always has an agenda of keeping us safe by convincing us not to take risks. Intuition, however, wants what’s best for us even if that means stepping outside of our comfort zones.

Another way to differentiate between the two is by the way they make you feel. Fear will usually create feelings of anxiety, dread, or insecurity. Intuition, on the other hand, gives us a sense of peace and calm even amid uncertainty.

If you’re still not sure which voice to listen to, ask yourself this question: “Will this decision lead me closer to or further away from my goals?” If your answer is closer, then it’s probably your intuition telling you what to do. But if your answer is further away, then it’s likely your fear trying to hold you back.

The final way to differentiate between fear and intuition is by how long they stick around. Fear likes to linger for a while, but intuition is more like a flash of insight that comes and goes quickly. If you’re still doubtful after a few minutes (or hours) have passed, then it’s probably just your fear talking to you.

Now that you know how to tell the difference between fear and intuition, what do you do with each?

When fear shows up, the first thing to do is acknowledge it and thank it for trying to keep you safe. Secondly, remind yourself that you’re capable of handling whatever challenges come your way. Then take a deep breath and take the leap anyway!

If your intuition is telling you to do something, trust that it knows what’s best for you even if it doesn’t make sense in the moment. Follow your heart and see where it takes you. You might be surprised by what you’re capable of!

The next time you’re feeling stuck, remember that you have everything you need to move forward. All you have to do is listen to the right voice.

If you’re having trouble breaking through the barriers of fear and would like some help moving forward in your life, schedule a 30-minute discovery call to see how coaching could help you! 

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