Even though I live and breathe this stuff called trusting your intuition, there are still those rare moments I fail to listen to myself.

And this time, it was pretty costly.  $500 to be exact.

We bought ourselves a brand new king size bed.  The first one didn’t work out because it was too stiff. Luckily the store we purchased it from, gives 100 days to test it out.  If you’re not happy you can always return or exchange it.

So we exchanged it.  We’re at the store trying out multiple beds, and narrow it down to two, one of them being softer than the other.  The softer one happens to be the one the sales person has at home (and more expensive too) and he goes on and on about how awesome it is.  Plus he also shares how he has scoliosis too (which I have but had corrective surgery when I was eleven).

I went back and forth on the two, laying on them for a while and seeing which one my body resonated with more.  In hindsight, my body felt better on the firmer one but I let the opinions of the sales man get in my head that ultimately the softer bed went home with us.

Three weeks ago, we’re back at the store to exchange the bed.  It was way too soft and my body ached in the morning when I woke up.  We exchanged it for the firmer bed that we both originally liked but passed on.

Intuitively I knew all along that my body liked it better too.

Because we went with a lower priced bed (they couldn’t refund the difference because we were waaay over the original 100 day return policy – they were nice enough to still accommodate us) and all the restocking fees etc, we ended up paying an extra $500 that we didn’t have to, had I trusted my intuition in the first place.

Plus my man was voting for the firmer bed in the first place too; but I didn’t listen to him or myself.

Overall, I’m happy we got the bed that works great for us.  I did walk away with great reminders from this experience that I’m passing on to you so you can avoid a costly mistake too.

1.  Listen to your body.  Your body always knows, even if someone has the same ailments or experience as you – you’re still unique and what works for someone else may not work for you.

2.  Give yourself space by clearing out other people’s energies and opinions when making a decision.  I didn’t give myself the proper space to check in and clear the thoughts of the salesman’s opinions when I was there.  As I look back, I can see how my energy mixed with his energy that I didn’t clearly read what was best for me.

3.  Take your time when making a decision that matters.  Some decisions require time.  And that’s okay.  I felt rushed because we were there for a while, I wanted to find the “perfect” bed, and I was giving myself internal pressure to hurry up and make a decision already that I was listening to my ego rather than my intuition.  Perfectionism and pressure gets in the way of listening to your inner voice. Tweet this!

4.  Always assess when you go against your gut.  Checking in on the reasons behind why you made a decision, who was involved in the decision and their opinions, how did your body feel and what was your gut telling you at the moment, and what caused you to go against it is important to understand the way your intuition and ego were at play in the process.  By understanding your own energy in this way, you can be more aware of these signals the next time.

Think back to when was the last time you didn’t trust your intuition?  What was the cost of it in time, energy, or money?  And what did you learn from your experience that you would do differently next time?

And of course, don’t beat yourself up over it.  You’re not honoring your intuition by scolding yourself.  Celebrate the lessons and use them as a frame of reference for next time.