At some time, each of us has had a gut instinct. It’s a moment when we just know something feels right, but too often we discount these instincts or intuitions as lacking any basis in fact. However, most successful business men and women will tell you that when you ignore your intuition, you limit your decision-making capabilities.
Often, we must make decisions based on imperfect or incomplete knowledge, such as when we are developing sales forecasts or analyzing a competitor’s behavior. In these instances, using our intuition becomes imperative.
Many of us actually fear using our intuitive powers. We have come to rely on hard data to make our decisions. We think that relying on our intuition is unscientific and fickle. In reality, intuition has a strong factual basis. Our intuition is the result of our years of experience in dealing with business situations. Flashes of intuition are often accompanied by physical or emotional cues. Many experts believe these cues are an attempt by our subconscious mind to bring those experiences to the forefront.
Here are some techniques that will help you get in touch with your intuitive feelings:
Unlocking our intuitive ability isn’t enough. For many of us, the difficult part is learning to trust our instincts enough to make use of them. We are so accustomed to dealing in hard facts rather than feelings, that relying on our intuition can feel as if it requires a perilous leap of faith. To help us establish faith in our intentions we need to keep a journal to record our intuitive experiences.
You should record in your journal every time you use your intuition. If you never seem to use you intuition, consciously choose to do so a few times, starting with small decisions so you feel more comfortable with trusting yourself.
Keep track of where you are when you make an intuitive choice and how you feel at the time. Be alert for the physical and/or emotional cues that may accompany flashes of intuition, such as sweaty palms, a pounding heart or a feeling of euphoria.
Next, analyze the results of your intuition. Were your instincts right? If so, how did you feel? What actions did you take? What were the circumstance surrounding the event? Do the same analysis for your “failures. " Were there any special conditions or feelings surrounding the event?
Now look for a pattern. Are there certain physical locations, such as your office or a park, where your intuitive powers are more effective than others? These are the areas where you should do most of your intuitive thinking. Are there physical cues that accompany “good" versus “bad" intuitions? These signs will help you determine the accuracy of your intuitions, or when to trust or distrust them.
To continue the process of gaining trust in your intuitive abilities and of increasing the accuracy of your intuitions, consider the following suggestions.
Tapping your intuition will help you make better decisions on and off the job. Intuition should be an integral part of every businessman or woman’s repertoire. The more you learn to cultivate your intuition, the more accurate it will become and the more easily it will come to you.
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Joe Love draws on his 25 years of experience helping both individuals and companies build their businesses, increase profits, and achieve total success . He is the founder and CEO of JLM & Associates, a consulting and training organization, specializing in personal and business development . Through his seminars and lectures, Joe Love addresses thousands of men and women each year, including the executives and staffs of many businesses around the world, on the subjects of leadership, achievement, goals, strategic business planning, and marketing. Joe is the author of three books, Starting Your Own Business, Finding Your Purpose In Life, and The Guerrilla Marketing Workbook.
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