THE POWER OF INTUITION
Ah the power of Intuition, is it merely a mystical phenomenon or is it a under recognized superpower? Alright, I am about to get a little philosophical, so buckle up and get ready to have your mind blown!
Intuition is a valid form of knowledge that isn’t obtained through the traditional methods. Whether it’s a hunch, inkling or instinctive knowing - we all experience these feelings in some way or another. The ability to separate our emotions from these instincts, is the key to tapping into this invaluable tool.
Many of the world's greatest leaders are known for harnessing the power of intuition, to help them make smarter and faster decisions. For example, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs both attribute their remarkable success to using their intuition.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” - Albert Einstein
Society, Success & Stress
We live in a world that is built upon societal pressures and expectations. Therefore it is no wonder that so many of us have lost touch with our inner voice.
The pressures to be successful can something feel overwhelming. There are so many sources that us that we need to have a copious amount of education, friends and money to win in life. In a time where selfies are the norm and social media has virtually taken over life as we know it, it is so easy to get lost in the shuffle.
On one hand we are told that we should follow a set path, I call this the path of “security.” It is laid out to be safer, more travelled and rumor has it that we will be successful if we follow it. Path two, I like to call the unpaved road. This path is for those who dare to think outside of the box, for those who aren’t afraid to live life on their own terms by marching to the beat of their own drum.
The majority of us when asked would probably say that they consider themselves to be freethinker. However, in reality it is societal norms that are actually responsible for dictating the majority of our daily decisions. Beginning with the very basics, such as the clothes that we wear - down to big life decisions. (ex. career, marriage and child rearing). There are countless unspoken expectations and social norms that influence us each and every day subconsciously.
With all of the noise of the outside world, how can we use the power of intuition to help us in business?
Many highly influential people have weighed in on this topic over the years, which has concluded confusing and contradictory results. Just like anything in life we have the freedom to discover what works best for us. As for me, I like to call upon a combination method of both analytical facts and inner instincts when making decisions.
The main difficulty that many of us face when harnessing the power of our intuition is separating our instinctual human emotions. If we act entirely upon emotions, then we fail to make an educated or intuitively based decision. The question that weighs heavily upon your mind is very likely, how do we separate these? First and foremost, we must be aware of our emotions and identify what we feel. Instead of wallowing in your emotions, think about why you are feeling this way, so you can effectively identify the root of the cause and begin to gain control of our emotions. Through practicing mindfulness, we become more self-aware and strengthen our emotional intelligence.
Are you still not convinced that intuition is a superpower?
Well, if so here are just a few reasons that embracing our intuition is magical.
- Increases our ability to make good decision
- Improves our ability to read others emotions, through empathic accuracy
- Creativity we can function best when done intuitively
- Creates awareness and developing mindfulness
If you would like to explore this further these are my top two favorite books on this topic. Click on the title to find out more: