Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
“Trust your intuition.” Intuition helps shape the decisions you make every day, in every area of your life — including on the job. Some people argue that relying on hunches or gut feelings in the workplace is irrational and a potential derailer because after all, in a world of hard deadlines, high stress and bottom lines, something as abstract as intuition may feel like a risk.
However, the point is that good judgment sometimes comes down to following your instincts, especially when they are backed by wisdom and experience.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein
A “hunch” or gut feeling is a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence : a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why. Instinct is really just passion disguised as an idea. When you act on ideas you truly care about, you are more likely to be right and more likely to work hard enough to succeed.
Many of the rules you abide by today were made by someone else who had an instinct five years or fifty years before you. The leaders who trust their instincts will be the ones who set the new rules — the ones who anticipate and solve tomorrow’s problems today.
Intuition is the language of dreams. During dream-time the brain does creative problem-solving, which can help you make the right choice in your waking life. Before you go to sleep each night, reflect upon questions and issues for which you couldn’t find solutions during the day, such as “How can I fix that problem?”. Think about and explore different possibilities.
This will trigger your imagination and put your subconscious to work at designing creative solutions while you sleep. The next morning, immediately write down any dreams or great ideas you remember before getting out of bed. Then see if and how the dream answered your question.
We’re all intuitively wired – all of us. Each of us has our own “feeling” of what is worthwhile and right for our lives both personally and professionally. Your intuition is your inner guide and when tapped into, your ability to unleash your creativity, imagination, and decision making rapidly increases.
Summing-up: Developing your intuition is like learning any new skill. The more you practice, the better you get at it. So, be patient with yourself. Results take time. Like exercising any muscles, start off slowly and gradually build your “intuitive muscle.”