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In Business Your Intuition Is Important
I can’t tell you the number of times I wished I had listened to my intuition, but ignored it. You know what I mean, that hunch or feeling that makes its way into your mind and you can’t seem to shake it. When making business decisions, I’ve found that feelings of intuition shouldn’t be dismissed.
I believe women are very intuitive. As soon as we consciously choose to acknowledge and listen to our inner knowing, we can gain added insight into what is best for us. Intuition is our unconscious mind giving us powerful and insightful messages.
Dictionary.com defines intuition as: A direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension. With that definition in mind, let me ask you this: How many times have you ignored your “ gut feelings” and then ended up regretting it?
Listen to your intuition. Those hunches and feelings can play an important role in professional life, especially when it comes to making smart decisions and wise choices. In business, I think of my intuitive hunches as “aha” moments – moments when I just know that I should stop and think before taking action.
Let’s explore some ways to tap into those intuitive hunches:
1. Ask yourself open-ended questions.
When I’m feeling restless about committing to a project or spending money on new materials, I take pen and paper and write open-ended questions about what is concerning me. I usually write 3 – 5 questions.
Then, I sit quietly and think about the answers. I write answers as they begin to come into my mind. I’m not too concerned about whether they make perfect sense because I’m trying to get my thoughts down on paper.
I’ll walk away for awhile and maybe take a walk or get a bit to eat. When I go back to my questions and answers, I look for thought patterns – a recurring pattern that seems to run through all my answers. That thought pattern is my intuition speaking to me!
2. Do a pros and cons chart.
Make sure you are relaxed and can give this activity a solid block of time. At the top of a sheet of paper write the challenge you are working to solve. Draw a vertical line down the middle of my paper. On the left side write “Pros” and on the right side write “Cons.”
Now, take a few minutes to quietly think about the challenge and visualize an ideal solution. Quickly begin to write as many pros and cons to the ideal solution as you can within fifteen minutes. Stop after fifteen minutes and take a look at your answers. Can you make a comfortable and well thought out decision based on your pros and cons?
3. Listen to your inner voice.
When in doubt, stop and listen to the silence. Sit quietly, breathe evenly and listen to what your intuition is trying to tell you. Your intuition could be shouting to you, but if you are too busy to listen you could be missing out on the intuitive wisdom that lies deep inside of you.
I’ll say it again, we woman are very intuitive. I say let’s harness the power of our intuitive energy to support us in making wise business decisions and choices. I’m reminded of this quotation from actress Ingrid Bergman, “You must train your intuition - you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide”
Here is a direct link to Amazon.com where you can read about, and even purchase, Laura Day's book Practical Intuition. I've read it myself and know there is some valuable information that will help you tap into your intuitive "hunches." Practical Intuition
Disclosure: I purchased this book to read and review. All opinions are solely mine. As an affiliate of Amazon.com I will get paid on any purchase of this product from the links within this article.
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