Intuition is the ability to know or understand without conscious thought, observation or reason. It is associated with the right-brain functions of the mind, although it is commonly referred to as gut feeling. Intuition provides us with the ability to develop valid solutions to problems or make appropriate decisions beyond conscious understanding.
Intuition is a sensing function where we experience a flash of sudden insight. For example:
- The hunch that you should investigate a new idea or opportunity
- The feeling that you need to look over previous work or information
- The sensing that you will meet someone you know at an upcoming function
The intuitive process can unexpectedly lead you to the right solution, a valid decision, a new discovery, a creative experience, or a new opportunity. Studies have shown that many senior executives have relied on intuition or “gut feeling” to make the right decision when their businesses have come to a defining moment in time. However, we generally do not want to admit that we use intuition to make some of our decisions and choices in life.
Philip Goldberg in his book “The Intuitive Edge” describes six types of intuition:
Intuition is central to many scientific discoveries and creative inspirations. Intuition can also be a spontaneous experience where a solution to a problem emerges in our minds without prior analysis or incubation.
It is difficult to develop our intuitive abilities, however, we can learn to become more aware of our intuition. For example, we can become more receptive to our feelings and thoughts, believe in our own abilities, and internally ” listen” to subconscious messages.
To strengthen our intuition we can implement the following simple steps:
- Prepare by sourcing as much information as possible around the issue or problem you are trying to address.
- Incubate the information in your mind to allow your thoughts to create new connections – allow the creative process to occur.
- Trust your mind that it will come up with a solution or new discovery.
- Pursue unrelated activities or try to relax your mind, avoiding tension.
- Recognize intuition and the internal messages created.
- Act on the intuitive ideas immediately when you feel complete certainty.
Make it a great life!
Dr John Kapeleris