Smart Ways to Use Your Intuitive Powers
By Sandy Schroeder
Being intuitive means having the ability to understand or know something without any direct evidence or reasoning process, according to the dictionary. In everyday life we see it play out when mothers know their kids are making something up. We may also see it play out in our daily jobs.
Steve Jobs said intuition was more powerful than intellect, and it turns out he may have been right. Intuition may be the turbo brain power we sometimes forget to use.
Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, a agency that serves 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, recently pointed out how intuition can be as strong as intellect when decisions are made.
Bradberry tells us our intuition is healthy and alive. We just have to review the process to use it as effectively as highly intuitive people do. Here are some ways to put it to work.
Make time for your inner voice – To actually hear what your inner voice is saying, make a little time each day to step away from all of the commotion. Go for a quiet walk, or pause at the end of the day before you begin your evening. Then listen to what your mind is telling you.
Let your inner voice lead – In addition to strong analytical and critical thinking, the inner voice may come from your gut feelings about people and situations. Pair one against the other to reach the best decisions.
Operate in the moment – Learning how to use “mindfulness” can help you screen out all sorts of side issues. The more focused you can be on what is happening right now the more likely you will be able to make intuitive assessments about it.
Let yourself be creative – Psychologists often suggest intuitive behavior is the missing ingredient in creative achievement. That gut response that tells you what goes where may get stronger and stronger as you try for more and more creative solutions.
Believe in your gut response – Sometimes when people make decisions based solely on analysis they may feel uneasy and unsettled. That can mean the gut feeling and the analytical decision differ. Try keeping a running score for awhile, comparing your gut feeling and your analytical decision.
Be aware of your dreams – Intuitive people often think about their dreams and consider what they may learn from them. Ask yourself what yours might mean and how it might apply to things you are doing.
You may already know you are intuitive, or you may just want to be more aware of it to use with your usual critical thinking skills. Keep it in mind in your daily world, and make it work for you whenever you choose.
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