When we are driving to unknown areas we use a GPS, so when we are maneuvering through a decision, why not use our internal GPS system? If Oprah, Richard Branson, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have relied on it and it creates great success through their choices why wouldn’t you?
Of course, I’m talking about using our intuition…that internal compass that responds to situations. I believe we all have the ability, and some of us have honed it to a finely tuned instrument.
Whether you believe that intuition is a deeper recognition of patterns from your vast storehouse of life experiences OR it is a spiritual knowing that provides insights to guide you, there are several things that you can do to hone this valuable resource.
Here are some techniques to help recognize your inner GPS:
- Take time each day to sit in quiet reflection. Meditate, listen to relaxing music, walk in nature, take a shower, or whatever “non-activity” brings you to a calm place.
- When making a decision, after listening to all the relevant information you need to spend the time to get in touch with your “gut feeling”. How is your body responding? Does it feel heavy and uncomfortable or light and calm? These are common sensations people experience when getting inner GPS signals – light and calm is often a “yes”. While the heavy sensation could be a warning that something is not right.
- Notice when you get a “gut feeling” and reflect upon it. It can be helpful to make a quick note or even journal about these experiences until you get a clear sense of how to interpret your sensations. Also, take note of the outcomes of these “hunches” – were they accurate? Did you listen? What was the outcome?
- When brainstorming solutions, take the time to set aside the “facts”, breathe and relax… what comes to mind? If you have the time, as you fall asleep that night you can ask for insights to create the best outcome. Or take a walk or another quiet activity to get in touch with your “gut”.
Some people experience intuition like a small voice inside their head, while others get a spark of inspiration with a new idea or solution. Others feel a strong pulling toward or away from an idea. Whatever way you experience your inner GPS, begin to listen to it even more.
It’s important to listen to this inner voice – if Oprah, Branson, Buffet and Gates got to where they are using it…can you afford not to?
Sylvia Plester-Silk is the principal facilitator and coach at On Purpose Consulting, where she offers team dynamics solutions and skills based learning. After 20 years in human services, Sylvia knows what it takes to create inspired workplaces based on communication, collaboration, and cooperation.