Intuition; sometimes it’s that little voice inside your head, and the ‘feeling’ you involuntarily get about a situation, person or even a decision. In the business landscape, it’s often quite a struggle to know which way to proceed – do you listen to your head and its wealth of experience and logic, or do you go with your heart and your gut feeling, which in some cases might defy all logic?
Albert Einstein had an interesting take on this topic. He famously stated, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Irrespective of which side you serve, there are plenty of worldwide game-changers who attribute their profound success to following their intuition. The late Steve Jobs suggested intuition and courage go hand in hand.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
So just how do you channel better intuition in the boardroom? Firstly, consider the outcomes. If your intuition is leading you down a different path and that means changing an important decision, weigh up the outcome. Ask yourself what’s at stake, look at the risk involved and above all, stay true to your ethic and your core business goals.
Don’t be afraid to let people down in spite of following your intuition. Sometimes your gut feeling will go against the tide and a high-risk decision may just upset the flow and offend in the process.
On the topic of flow, be sure to keep synchronicity. Intuition and divine intervention sometimes go hand in hand to ensure the path you’re on keeps on an upward trajectory. Logic doesn’t consider synchronicity and (as corny as it sounds), look for signs because they really are all around.
Confirmation often presents itself in the most obvious, yet easily missed way. It might be the lyrics to a song that you keep hearing, or a word you keep seeing, or a person you keep bumping in to.
And finally, block out all the noise. Most successful businesses boasts an assembly of brilliant minds, and with that comes different opinions. Sometimes too much input can muddle the path and disrupt the process. Block out other opinions so you can focus and listen to what your gut is telling you – it will be there, you just have to find it, listen hard and above all, have the courage to trust it.
Have you ever followed your intuition over logic? Tell us below, we’d love to hear your experience.