“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Recent insights and discoveries in neuroscience have shared the importance and given credibility to the role of intuition in leadership, especially when it comes to decision making.
What is intuition? It’s what results when we piece things together, information, experience etc, to come up with something different or new that a single observation or thought may not have identified.
It’s not being psychic – but so many of us confuse the two. Fascinating fact – 23% of the adult British population have consulted a psychic (yougov.co.uk). Psychic insight comes from nowhere – the information just enters your consciousness, and that is very different from intuition.
Are you putting the two together and then discounting the natural powers that are within you?
As I had a conversation with a friend recently and they shared, “I feel like you are reading my Tarot cards (I wasn’t, I promise!), it actually happened twice in one week! Our intuition is so powerful, again and again I experience the power of it. Not just in my relationships, but also when working with clients and in my business decisions too.
I honestly get really frustrated with those in business who don’t use it and rely purely on logic. They lose a huge power. Our belief at Courageous Success is that intuition is a normal sense and using it humanises interactions. It also makes the world much richer and more interesting!
How to train your intuition – Ohhh there’s lots of ways! Here are my tips on where to start…
- Firstly, you have to have a decent relationship with yourself. What does that mean? You have to talk to yourself (not like you are mad – but quietly, silently) you need to converse with you, have inner conversations. If your mind and inner world is either empty – you are purely focusing on what is outside of you – or your thoughts and inner world are negative, then you have no chance. Cultivating a contemplative, positive relationship with yourself opens yourself to the power of your intuition.
- You have to learn to not purely think! Oh, you mean I have to feel? Yes, but not just emotion, sense is vital too. Emotion and sense are heard in your gut and your heart. How conscious of these areas are you? Do you listen to them? Imagine you were in a dark wood at night with all of the blackness and noises…you wouldn’t just be thinking, you’d be feeling (scared probably!) and sensing (I fear the bogeyman behind that tree!) Your senses would switch on. You don’t need the dark scary woods, switch them on now.
- Be open minded and curious, broaden your information inputs. What are the patterns? What connects? What doesn’t fit? How does this situation make you feel? What are you sensing about this person? What are you not hearing? Bring it all together BEFORE you reach any conclusions – there may be many.
- Trust – how much do you trust your ability to conjugate and be right? If you don’t trust in your intuitive abilities you could simply discount them. The more you practice, share and explore, the greater your trust in yourself will grow. If it’s someone else’s intuition and you are discounting their conclusions (do you have a rampant “prove it to me” strategy – one of the most annoying to people). What habits and patterns of logic are you holding that is discounting your powerful use of the human intuitive intelligence.