‘I am a sceptic’
Intuition doesn’t exist.
Whilst in conversation with this professional who loves their scientific driven decisions, I was reminded that there are a lot of us that are not tapping into the infinite power that our intuition provides.
Why this may be happen
If you are leading an extremely busy life, with an overwhelming amount of stimuli i.e. lots of information passing through your awareness in each day, then it is likely you often struggle to see the right decision with great clarity.
Another potential reason why a blockage to intuition may occur could be because of a past event in your early years: traumatic or simply significant enough to force you to deny certain feelings. Such events could be as extreme as being separated from parents or abuse or on the other hand, deemed relatively insignificant.
If you find yourself experiencing excessive self-doubt, track back through the timeline of your life. I share this with you because this exercise helped me to understand why I was effectively standing in my own my way, plagued with excessive self-doubt and not listening to my intuition.
Why listening to intuition is important
‘I never get the accountants in before I start a business. Its done on gut feeling..’ Richard Branson
Whilst you may not want to start testing your intuitive decision making process with your business or career, especially if you are completely new, this is a pretty powerful share from the owner of one of the largest conglomerates of our times: Virgin.
Another quote from the co-founder of Jimmy Choo, Tamara Mellon emphasises the value of intuition.
‘Everything I do is just really my intuition, and every time I go against my intuition, it’s a mistake. Even though I may sit down and analyse and intellectualise something on paper, if I go against my gut feeling, it’s wrong.’ Tamara Mellon
So what is intuition
The best way I can identify intuition is in situations whereby everything seems to look good on paper but there is something, some dulled out voice deep inside of you that is signalling to you that something doesn’t quite feel right. Therefore even with all of the data in the world that is clearly pointing you in a particular direction and a particular decision, your intuition may be in agreement but also wild disagreement.
A quote from dictionary.com:
Intuition can be described as ‘the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.’
I will share with you a couple of scenarios related to this point.
So as most of you know, I am a Chartered Management Accountant and a qualified coach and mentor.
I chose the Accounting route right out of university because a family member suggested that it was a logical next step to take as I one day saw myself doing my own business. I thought, it is safe and secure, I could study and work anywhere in the world because every company needed one. It wasn’t long after my first job that I recognised that something didn’t feel quite right. So I left, feeling like this is not really me.
But then something pulled me back in.
I had started the exam process. I enjoyed the learnings but not the exam and I thought I may as well complete the process, so I returned, but this time I chose a different working environment in a completely different industry.
I completed this process several times before I eventually listened to the messages and signposts that my intuition had been providing all along.
I felt an overwhelming and consistent desire to share my accounting knowledge with others after I eventually qualified. So I did an online search and called the local adult education centres. I started delivering accounting training shortly after that. I noticed that I had more energy at the end of the training session than at the start.
I noticed that it was an experience that felt good, that felt true to me.
Not long after that, I decided to develop my coaching tool box through a coaching and mentoring qualification, so that I could provide a more holistic offering.
In the second scenario, there wasn’t really a clear and obvious rational plan initially, just a feeling that I wanted to share my knowledge. Had I not listened to that feeling, I quite simply wouldn’t be where I am today, whereby I am able to weave 2 seemingly different subject areas to add value to others. (6 weeks ago, I was delivering a talk on pricing and covered both the numbers side as well as some practical psychology around getting paid your worth).
How to identify your intuitive messages
You know when you have made the right decision because:
- You feel a sense of relief
- You see yourself on the other side of the decision and you are feeling elated and energised.
- Your arms and body are open and expanded as opposed to being contracted and hunched over.
- You feel a sense of deep inner peace.
- You have a smile on your face.
- You may be scared (if it is a particularly big leap for you), but you are also super excited.
Track back through the timeline of your life at key junctures or crossroads and idenfy decisions that felt right and on the other hand didn’t feel right.
Did they end up being right or not?
Do you remember how you felt energetically?
Notice how you felt in your body. These past events will act as a clue and guidance for you in future decisions and deciding whether your next step is right for you or not or whether it just looks good on paper.