In the most recent newsletter from Susie Frazier, an artist in Cleveland, I could not help but pause and think about the significance of instinct. I wanted to share Susie Frazier’s wisdom with you:
“I can’t tell you how many times in my career I’ve been questioned about my training. What can you possibly create in the way of art, if you didn’t study it in college? What do you know about promoting a band, if you come from outside the industry? What business do you have being a radio personality, if you’ve never worked at a radio station?
Maybe you’ve had this kind of second-guessing happen to you. Maybe you’ve even used this doubtful tone with yourself. Pay no mind. What matters more than knowledge or experience is instinct.
Instinct is that inner voice that tells you to go left when all your competitors are going right. It’s that urge to take on something new despite the hesitation of those around you. It’s that inner flame that sparks ideas not because you saw the model work somewhere else, but because you felt the synergy of all the important elements, right here. Instinct is a sixth sense that can’t be taught — it’s only cultivated after falling on one’s face so many times that the wipeout actually becomes a welcome part of the discovery process.
Don’t be swayed by the critics in your head or elsewhere. Simply by the bold act of trying, you’ve begun the only relevant training you need.”
Any time I have felt uncertainty about an idea or a decision, I have tried to think about it logically and seek advice from others. As Susie describes, I am reminded to go beyond logic and external opinions, and instead focus on my gut instinct, which transcends time and global boundaries. Our instinct is what makes us unique as individuals and should be our guiding force in life. No one can see, hear, or feel the instinct we have that comes from within. It makes us powerful and should give us the confidence to go forward with our ideas and decisions. Our instinct is a gift. We should trust that it will lead us to our individual paths of success and happiness!
Below are a few other powerful quotes about instinct:
“It is by logic we prove, but by intuition we discover.” -Leonardo Da Vinci
“Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn’t lie.” -Anonymous
“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.” -Jonas Salk
“Intuition is the whisper of the soul.” -J. Krishnamurti
“Intuition makes sense after you follow it, not before. You don’t get to know the beauty unless you take the risk.” -McCall Erikson
“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” -Albert Einstein
“Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect.” -Steve Jobs
You can read more inspiring messages from Susie Frazier in my inspirNational Quotes II post.