Intuition is Always Right

by Marc Rounsaville on February 13, 2012

Your intuition is always right 100% of the time. That is a strong statement. I am sure there are many that would argue that their intuition is not infallible and can give examples. It wasn’t long ago I would have agreed. We have all experienced the feeling that something is amiss. It is common for us to have the feeling we have forgotten something. We remember we forgot the grocery list or to turn out the lights. As soon as we become conscious of the forgotten item or task the feeling quickly dissipates. But what about those times when we never figure out what we forgot or why the feeling surfaced to begin with? Was our intuition wrong? Or did we just never figure out the lapse in memory? Or maybe there wasn’t a memory lapse but something else caused our subconscious to tug at our consciousness.

It may not be as familiar as forgetting to turn out lights or reset the thermostat. It could be something more important, more dangerous. The hair on the back of our neck stands up or the little voice in our heads tells us not to get on the plane. We have a bad feeling but it is hard to attribute the feeling to an actual event or a decision. We know things are right but we don’t know why.  We tend to want order in our world and something is out of order. In order to get things back in line our tendency is to attribute the bad feeling or concern to something. And this is where we believe our intuition lets us down. We put things in order by attributing the bad feeling to whatever is occupying us at the moment. The plane ride, the big decision we are about to make or the crisis we are handling. And when the crisis is effectively resolved or the decision turns out okay or the plane doesn’t crash we decide our intuition must be wrong.

Humans have a dichotomist relationship with the unseen or the unknown. We tend to both listen and dismiss. We look for data to explain as well as evidence to discount our feelings. This instills a lack of trust in our feelings. Scientist and linear thinkers want to see the data, examine the process to reinforce the notion that intuition is “just” a feeling.

Sorting through all the inputs, events and actions that swirl around on a daily basis and trying to determine which one our intuition has alerted on is not easy. It is hard, complicated work.  There are a few things we can do to which will help sort through all the noise and let us find the “thing” our intuition is pointing to. Keep in mind your intuition is trying to keep you safe,

First stop or at least slow down for a moment. This is really hard to do in the crush of business and it is essential to do. Remember your intuition is always right, something is amiss. So take some time to reflect on the situation and what is going on. Try to step away from the immediate and clear your mind. This will frequently allow the item your subconscious was working to emerge.

Secondly, crank up your critical thinking skills. Ask yourself and your team, “What are we missing here?” Engage those outside your circle. Talk to those that don’t always agree with you. Get input from other organizational levels. Then repeat step one. Trust your intuition. The hair on the back of your neck didn’t stand up without reason. Examine everything.

When has your intuition saved you?

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