Thursday, 20 September 2012

Your Inner Pilot Light & the 90/10 Rule

A couple months ago, I started following Dr. Lissa Rankin's blog. One of her recurring themes is that of the Inner Pilot Light, which she describes as:

that ever-radiant, always-sparkly, 100% authentic, totally effervescent spark that lies at the core of you. ... This part of you always knows which choice to choose, how to heal yourself when you’re sick, and whether to trust someone or not. Your Inner Pilot Light knows exactly what you like, loves boundlessly but selectively, discriminates between what is and isn’t authentic to your inner nature, and has the 411 on how to connect straight to Source. Your Inner Pilot Light guides the path, lights the way, navigates the journey, and asks only that you trust the process.

Your Inner Pilot Light is the essence of who you really are.

Since starting my "year to be my best self" project, I've been trying to reconnect with my inner pilot light. Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I don't. What I am discovering in the process is that there is a lot of truth to the "90/10" rule: 10% of life is what happens to you, and 90% is what you make of it.
In recent weeks, I often wake up feeling like I have sunbeams shooting out of my heart. And, I know this change is genuine because when I got stuck at work til 8pm on Friday and missed my 5:45 yoga class, I was still smiling and warmly wishing the night shift a wonderful weekend when I left. It is so empowering to feel like you are really presenting your authentic self to the world. I feel so much more confident sharing my opinion, and this has actually really enriched the relationships in my life - both professionally and personall.

Anyone else out there a 90/10 type? Or, anyone thinking of moving in that direction? What are your thoughts on the inner pilot light?


  1. I really enjoy this concept and am wondering if you have any tips on how you follow your inner compass.

    1. At the risk of sounding like a total hippie, this is what I do:
      I close my eyes and think about option A. Then, I think about option B. Then A. Then B. Then A. Then B.

      Usually, I can feel a shift in my body, usually in my belly. One option makes me feel more tense, the other is more relaxing. I try to pick the relaxing one as much as possible.

  2. Sounds like a very mindful way of making a decision. Thanks for sharing your approach.