'To succeed in business, relying on a little or even a lot of intuition is more helpful than you might realize, recognize or like to acknowledge in your decision making process.'
Many times millionaires are quoted as have a hunch or a gut feeling about a particular successful venture. Then again, there are successful millionaires who dismiss intuition and simply say they developed a solution or new concept because they analyzed the thought and came to a logical conclusion. You find at work two divergent thoughts about intuition. In the one camp, the millionaires and successful business owners who listened to what their subconscious was telling them without even realizing it and certainly would not acknowledge it as intuition if they did realize it. In the other, the successful men and women who aren’t afraid to act on intuition and acknowledge the role it played; they value intuition. That is how divided the thinking is about intuition and success in business.
Just what is intuition? The Oxford Dictionary defines intuition as the thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning. More to my liking is the meaning in its Middle Ages origin: denoting spiritual insight or immediate spiritual communication.
Einstein, one of our greatest minds that appeared solidly grounded in mathematic principals and rational thinking said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift,” clearly meaning that we don’t depend on our insights or intuition nearly enough. It appears that most of us have allowed our rationality to take command and have ignored our intuition.
The gut feelings, our intuitive messages, are often ignored even though there are plenty of anecdotes that point to why it should not be ignored. While there are those in businessmen who insist that paying attention to instinct, hunches or gut feelings is just hooey, there are those who point to the instances when instinct was listened to with successful, sometimes spectacular, results.
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinion drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your hear and intuition.”
Although psychologist have been unable to pinpoint what happens during an intuitive moment, there is the school of thought that says intuition is really the mind’s ability to instantaneously retrieve information related to the situation at hand and subsequently form an opinion based on that information. There is no conscious effort involved in assembling this information and certainly nothing that can rationally point to why you should take action on that gut feeling.
But there are plenty of instances in the Bible that point to trusting your instinct. There are those throughout the Bible who certainly seemed to rely on their instincts and who were encouraged to value their instinct.
“God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand.” 1Kings 4:29 NV
However, you cannot run a business on intuition alone. Reasoned, rational thought is a part of the decision making process. But so is intuition. The lesson that should be learned is that there is undoubtably a time when instinct is the driver of an action and there is a time when action is taken only after carefully dissecting and analyzing a situation.
Spirituality or intuitiveness, has a place in running a business. The key is in knowing when to listen and take action because of intuition and when to ignore that spontaneous thought. It’s not necessarily easy, but with time you can cultivate that intuition and respond to it to help with the success of your business.
Can you name instances when your success has been the result of responding to your intuition? Feel free to share with us.
Until Next time, continue to take steps of excellency and you will leave behind a trail of greatness.
Ashley Lounds Brooks