Steve Jobs called intuition, “more powerful than intellect”, and if you’ve experienced it, you know it is. In fact, intuition surpasses analytical thinking, and intuitive “knowing” becomes something that is hard to describe.
I didn’t really know it here (points to head)…I just knew it here (points to heart or gut).
Intuition is a gut-feeling, an instinct, a hunch, or a sense. By it’s very nature, it can easily be avoided because 1. It sounds pretty non-concrete and 2. When thinking of the 6th sense, “I see dead people” often comes to mind.
According to Meyer-Briggs, only 30% of the population favor intuition – what is not seen or spoken – and 70% prefer the sensory option – “what I see is exactly what I get”.
Leading yourself and others with intuition means tapping into a power that exceeds thought.
Brain researchers estimate that your unconscious data base outweighs the conscious on an order exceeding ten million to one. This data is the source of your hidden, natural genius. In other words, a part of you is much smarter than you are. The wise people regularly consult that smarter part. -Michael J. Gelb
In athletics, intuition can be likened to “the zone”. Remember the game that gave you goosebumps? (Goosebumps are how I “know” I’m on track.) Remember that moment that stands out to you as a player yourself where you weren’t thinking – just moving and tuned in and in sync with everything around you? Remember feeling part of something bigger than yourself and it was almost surreal? Maybe even slow motion?
Yea, that’s The Zone…Rivers of Living Water…Intuition…we’re talking about the same thing.
In business, intuition cultivates creativity and even a “lucky break”. In leadership, intuition cultivates stronger relational bonds and a knack for bringing out the best in people or developing the best team. In personal life, intuition cultivates purpose and Oneness and trust about following the map of Life inside.
We’ve all experienced it. Maintaining and staying in the flow of it is where the magic happens.
Here are two pointers to help tune into your intuition:
- Practice Getting Quiet
The constant chatter in your mind is the biggest block to accessing intuition. You can’t tune in if you’re constantly distracted. Practice mindfulness, total focus on the present moment, to get completely engaged and connected in what’s happening in and around you.
- Pay attention to Coincidence
Don’t pass off little instances as “nothing”. When you were thinking about someone and the phone rang and it was them – make a mental note that your intuition was in play. When you made a decision based on a gut feeling and it turned out to be really wise – make a mental note. When a co-worker came to you with a certain story but you disregarded the story entirely and pegged another issue instead – make a mental note. Begin to notice what’s “between the lines” and become aware when your intuition raised a flag.
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INspired Leadership Team, Rachel Thalmann
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