Follow Your Inner Ding (you won’t get arrested)

Hay House I Can Do It Conference I was at a really good party last weekend. I know this to be true because, even though I don’t drink, I’ve got a whopper hangover from two intensely fulfilling days at Hay House’s I Can Do It conference.

What a party. I literally drank in every word spoken by (omg I and 3,000 others were actually in the same room) Marianne WilliamsonWayne DyerCaroline Myss – the original gurus of life and spiritual mentorship.  And Greg Braden and Bruce Lipton from deep inside the scientific realm of quantum mechanics, and Robert Holden who coaches the heavies behind Dove’s “Real Beauty Campaign”.

I came back from this conference with a lot more than a head full of dreams, inspiring books and reams of notes. I came back with an inner shift firmly in place, a change and transformation to embracing a new and clearer way forward. I came back validated that my path, although some would say a crooked and lengthy one, has in fact been the absolute right one.

“I’m Following My Inner Ding”, came from Louise Hay at the end of her Sunday morning presentation with Cheryl Richardson.

No doubt you’re wondering what ding is.  It’s an instinct thing. As in something either feels right or it doesn’t. According to Wikipedia “Instinct is the inherent inclination of a living organism toward a particular behaviour… Any behaviour is instinctive if it is performed without being based upon prior experience, that is, in the absence of learning and is therefore an expression of innate biological factors.”

So if we safely make the connection that following our inner ding is about survival, then that must mean doing what you sense is the next right thing to do to ensure our well-being.  Which means listening to that little voice that says things like “back away from the cookie and grab an apple” or “go to the gym” (even when your monkey brain says heh you look okay with a few extra pounds and you really don’t need to exercise).

And might that inner ding sometimes ask us “What the are we doing with our life? Are we doing what we think we should be doing instead of what we really want and need to be doing? Are we putting off turning off the boob tube which would give us the time we need to search out a new job, upgrade our skills, or dust off a much-loved hobby? Are we making and taking the time we deserve, to do the things we need to do, to  ensure our well-being?

Check. Yes, I am (finally) following my inner ding. Yay.

Ending her talk on Sunday Caroline Myss said “Now is the era of entrepreneurs, the era of new beginnings.”  I’d like to add this from Steve Jobs: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose. You are already naked. There’s no reason not to follow your heart.”

What a party.

Are you the dreamer of the dream, and do you choose what you see and experience? Do you have limited or abundant beliefs, about people, possessions, relationships, health, self-worth?


While following your ding can be a catchy line to remind us about self-care, here’s another great line from the conference that I sincerely hope I remember to use the next time I find myself caught in a senseless exchange …  “Did you want to redecorate hell or can we move past this?”. 


Barbara Ashton is a senior recruitment specialist with over 30 years real-world business experience and hiring know-how.  Contracted by businesses locally and nationwide to recruit A-level talent, Barbara champions sustainable leadership and employment practices.

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