Imagine if you could pay attention to your intuitive thought processes and use it to help you know the right choices faster when faced with critical decisions. Think about it! Wouldn’t life flow better? Here, I cover how intuition helps us with decisions, plus some tips on how to develop intuition and get the benefits.
How Intuition affects decision making
Intuition has been described as the highest form of intelligence. It is a fast type of thought processing that has enormous value and use today in business and personal decision making.
Introduces Varied and Broad Perspectives
Think of it like a vault or warehouse of experiences and knowledge that you can tap into for direction. Bonapart drew on his varied and broad perspectives from his experience to intuitively know the best attack strategy to succeed.
Intuitive intelligence recognises patterns in a situation for the best outcome, much like recognising patterns to put together a jigsaw puzzle.
Successful business people, like Oprah Winfrey, make space to practice daily meditation, recognising the cognitive benefits it provides, including intuition and heighten insight.
Why intuition is important to entrepreneurs
Why is intuition important in business? Logic doesn’t provide all the answers in business. Facts and figures might only take entrepreneurs so far – intuition potentially elevates them the rest of the way.
When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense. ― Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam
Being able to make smart decisions intuitively, leads to success.
In Answering the How to ‘Just Know’ What’s Right for You, Bonapart’s story gives a good example of why intuition is important in decision making.
Being able to stay calm in chaos was how Bonapart gained a presence of mind that was necessary for a winning decision.
Developing Intuition to succeed
Conventional schooling teaches us logic and reasoning. It focuses on getting you in paid employment in a society run by logic and cause and effect.
I wonder why our schooling does not focus on advancing our intuitive abilities to augment our intelligence. Imagine that?!
In our world of tight regulation, rules, and legalities, being governed by logic, we risk losing a precious resource…intuition.
Artificial (rather than human) intelligence takes over, going beyond the logic level of intelligence (see this TED talk: the incredible inventions of intuitive AI).
This new technology uses intuitiveness to augment the logic (programming) and tech companies aim for it to achieve levels far beyond that of human intelligence.
That is unless we consciously develop and work our own like a muscle in our body.
“If all you do is sit in a chair and trust your intuition, you are not exercising much intelligence. But if you take a deep dive into a subject and study numerous possibilities, you are exercising intelligence when your gut instinct tells you what is – and isn’t – important.” ~ Gerd Gigerenzer
My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe, there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.~ Nikola Tesla
Try these Key Ways to Making Space for Ah-Ha Moments:
- Get comfy and meditate
- Connect with Nature
- Heal blocked energy, e.g. through Reiki
- Draw, color in, or do something else creative
- Take a shower
- Go on a retreat or to a spa for relaxation
- Do something that doesn’t require mindpower – like hanging out the clothes or ironing
- Take a ‘Sunday’ drive
- Use apps for relaxation and de-stressing
- Listen to relaxing music
It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.~Henri Poincare, French mathematician, theoretical physicist, engineer, and philosopher of science.
Ways to spark intuition to make decisions
- Brainstorming (without judgment or editing)
- Asking your intuition a question, accepting the answer
- Asking an imaginary mentor in your mind
- Look into your minds eye
- Flipping a coin
- Sleeping on it
- Opening a magazine, book at a random page (selecting random paragraph)
Use what resonates with you. If you have a block towards any of the above (like for me it’s flipping a coin), it won’t work.
Be aware of a sudden feeling or physical sensations. Listen, observe what is your body tells you? Carry a notebook to write down sudden enlightenment. These things will help improve your intuition.
It will come as a flow of ideas, a message, or an image channeled at random.
How to Strengthen intuition for decision making
Practice Clearing Your Head
Thus, you need a clear ‘head space’ to make room for flashes of insight.
Start by filtering out the noise and clutter. Dim the emotional turmoil and stress.
Stop multitasking – it is a fallacy that it achieves more.
Avoid social media distractions.
Try to incorporate daily habits that help you:
- De-stress. Get rid of the ‘noise’ and clutter. Chunk the overwhelming into smaller and simpler bits. Reduce distractions. Preserve free mental space
- Shift focus away from the issues for a while.
- Ban the should haves, should dos. Get rid of the ‘shoulds.’ Open up to all possibilities
I find when I get into ‘the zone’… I ‘get it‘ — the dots start connecting.
This can happen when I’m doing something as mindless as cleaning, ironing, or watering or weeding the garden. Or just in the shower.
Letting go of perfectionism is critical for de-stressing and in making space.
To get beyond a metal block and trigger ah-ha moments, try stepping away from the issue.
Just leave it be…for a while.
Intuition offers a direct line to your life force, and also, as I experience it, to a divine intelligence.~Judith Orloff MD
Trust and Act on Your Hunches
Bonapart on his flashes of insight and as a result, dominated the battlefield.
Don’t doubt or overanalyze your decision if you’re convinced it’s correct. If it feels right, stick to it.
Don’t force or stress about it.
In developing intuition, take one step at a time.
Start Small to gain confidence
The aim is for you to build up trust in your intuition.
In a way, developing intuition is like forming a new relationship.
Worried about the voice of fear and anxiety? The next part in this series discusses the difference between intuitive thought and emotional urges.
Have a Morning Ritual of Meditation
Be like Oprah and many other achievers, and introduce a morning ritual of meditation or prayer for clarity of thought.
Keep a daily journal
This is a journal of your hunches and how they manifest. Look back and learn.
Search for signs of synchronicity and unusual coincidences. What do these mean? Ask your intuition the question. Listen.
Signs Your Intuition is Strong
You know your intuition is strong when you mostly:
- Find things just seem to happen easily, like they’re meant to be
- Experience ‘coincidences’. Example: with career, relationships, and relocating
- Have an immediate and accurate sense of when you are being misled
- Experience synchronicity (people or things showing up in the right place at the right time) – See examples in my article on this topic
- Can finish someone’s sentence in your head before they speak it
- Feel connected to a ‘Higher Self’
- Know who the messenger or caller is on your phone before you look
- Have hunches that lead you onto the right path
- Wake up at the time you tell yourself to wake up at (without the help of an alarm)
The emphasis on our development since we started our formal schooling has been on reasoning and logic.
Our intuitive abilities have been left to experience. Yet, science tells us we are all born with these abilities and testimonies of achievers tell us intuition will take you further than logic alone.
So, developing your intuition is worth it. Though, it requires trust and practice, allowing space for intuitive thoughts and messages, and confidence in acting.
The next article in this series discusses the common dilemma of knowing whether it’s your intuition or emotional urges that are driving you.