Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
The most important secret to being luckier is developing skills of intuition. Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer. We all possess it, and it is a well-researched phenomenon revealing that our brains have an amazing ability to pick up on patterns and respond to them in a nanosecond in the form of intuitive insights.
Intuition is the result of the way our brains store, process and retrieve information on a subconscious level and so is a real psychological phenomenon which needs further study to help us harness its potential.
People can be very intuitive about one thing (say, medical practice, or chess playing) and just as clueless as the average person about pretty much everything else. Moreover, intuitions get better with practice — especially with a lot of practice — because at bottom intuition is about the brain’s ability to pick up on certain recurring patterns; the more we are exposed to a particular domain of activity the more familiar we become with the relevant patterns (medical charts, positions of chess pieces), and the more and faster our brains generate heuristic solutions to the problem we happen to be facing within that domain.
For instance, instead of fussing with poker chips or worrying about the other players, lucky poker players listen to their gut feelings. The next step is trusting your intuition and acting on it. Very often, poker players say that their first feeling often turns out to be the right approach.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Summing-up: Intuition is a dynamic, powerful, highly valuable skill to develop. Spending a little time every day strengthening your powers of intuition can pay off exponentially over time. By combining intuition with analysis, you’re employing an arsenal of tools to empower your life and make the very best possible choices.