Whether you own and run your own business or work for someone as part of a team, the chances are that, on a daily business, you will have to make decisions. However, not all decisions are created equal, some are big, some are small, some are fun and easy to do while others are tricky and require careful consideration.
However, they all have to be made and that requires thought and energy. It’s the inability to make decisions that can make or break a career – or even a business. Yet, whether you know it or not, your intuition can help you out, as long as you’re prepared to develop it.
More than autopilot
Have you ever noticed that there are those days where everything just seems to ‘flow’? In some ways, it’s like you’re in some souped-up version of autopilot; there appears to be virtually no effort required and the right decisions just seem to at your fingertips. These are the days when you are fully in tune with your intuition and are letting it inform what you choose to do. Conversely, there are also those days when, no matter how hard you seem to try, it’s next to impossible to come up with the right answer at the right time. These are the days when your conscious and your subconscious are disconnected and not working together. It’s days like these that you want to start to eradicate.
Big and small decisions
Part of the problem is that some decisions can seem to carry more weight than others. There are the simple ones, such as whether to reply to an email now or later, but then there are the big ones. These are the decisions that have consequences – and they’re also the decisions that give way to doubt, fear and an attempt to map out the possible ramifications before they’ve happened. Decisions such as these seem to require a lot of head-scratching and soul-searching but, in essence, they’re no different to the ‘smaller’ ones we face. Every decision we have to face in the workplace can effectively be boiled down to a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
However, when you’re aware of the possible results of your choices – especially the negative ones – then it can be that much harder to commit. However, if you are able to trust your intuitive abilities, you’ll find that your decisions are that much easier to make – regardless of their size. Let’s look at the ways in which you can develop your intuitive abilities to help you in your career.
Developing your business sense
1) One of the most important things you can learn to do is to listen. While you don’t need a complete breakdown of information to make the right decision, you do need the important facts. Train yourself to listen on more levels than just the physical one. While your ears are paying attention to the words that are being spoken, make sure to listen to how you are feeling about the situation. If you can, try and ascertain how the other person in the equation is feeling. By training your senses to listen to your own intuition, they will also start to tune into the psychic signals sent out by others, which can give you greater insight into how things are going.
In addition, make sure to give yourself some time to meditate on what has been said. You may find that your intuition takes time to process what’s happened and will give you the information you need a little later.
2) It’s worth taking your time to learn to recognise what form your intuition takes. For some, it’s a feeling, while for others, it’s a voice in the back of their heads. A good way to learn to this is to meditate on scenarios that have already unfolded. Replay them in as much detail as you can and notice how your intuition kicks in. It’s worth remembering that the subconscious mind cannot distinguish between fantasy and reality. When you’re watching a film, your body responds to moments of tension or humour, even though your conscious mind knows that the situation isn’t real. Playing an experience back, as though it’s a film, allows you to observe just how your intuition likes to make itself known.
3) These visualizations also give you the opportunity to separate your intuition from other feelings such as fear, doubt and worry. Another way to distinguish between unconscious intuition and the conscious mind getting in the way is to make a note of the first things you think when you are faced with a decision. Usually, the first thought is the one that’s generated by your subconscious – but it tends to be the ones that follow which linger.
4) It’s all very well being able to spot your intuitive abilities at work, but it’s fairly worthless if you don’t act on them. Failing to act on your gut feelings is a bit like telling a trained dog you don’t trust it; it builds up more doubt.
You’ll find that the time will come when you have to roll the dice and go with what your feelings tell you. In addition, the more often you do it, the more adept you’ll become at recognising just what is a genuine flash of inspiration and what’s not. Intuition is like a muscle; it needs to be exercised and the more you do so, the stronger it becomes. Taking the time out to develop your intuition can be a very useful tool in the business arena. There are those who appear blessed with an uncanny ‘business sense’. In truth, whether they know it or not, these people are those who have plugged into their latent psychic abilities and developed them to such a point where they can access them without even having to think about it.
Developing your intuition will give you insight into people and decisions that may previously have been closed to you. The more people who see that you have the ability to make instinctive decisions, the greater your chances of success within your field will be.