Trust and communicate your intuition
How to communicate what your intuition is telling you

I write frequently about following your intuition and what it means both in your personal and professional life.

Your gut, often referred to as the “second brain”, is the only organ to boast its own independent nervous system.  It is so sophisticated that it continues to function even when the vagus nerve, the primary neural conduit between it and the brain, is severed. The gut’s main function is to protect the body from outside invaders.

The gut also has a multifaceted ability to communicate with the brain, which makes it highly likely the role it plays in mind states. Literally speaking, the gut is your best defense against making decisions that are dangerous for you.

Easy to understand, right? But how do you tell someone else the significance of listening to your gut?

Of course, when you’re accountable to no one, it’s very easy to simply follow what your gut is telling you, but it’s a whole other situation when you have to explain your intuition to your employees or your bosses.

So how can you explain to others what you “just know” is the right decision to make?

Put it in writing.

When you have a feeling something is right or wrong, based on your intuition, it probably doesn’t feel very concrete. You can change that by writing out what you feel and why you feel that way. It might take a little time, but in order to properly communicate your intuitive thoughts and feelings, you need to get them down on paper.

Back it up.

If the decision is a big one and you need to convince leadership that they need to take a certain action, you MUST have some sort of data or reasoning to back up your intuition. I’m sure that many people in high leadership positions have gotten there in part due to their intuition, but many likely know how to convince others that their gut is right by using facts and figures.

Bravely share it everywhere – and with everyone.

Of course, if you don’t tell anyone about your gut feelings, then they won’t take you anywhere. Have the courage to put yourself, your intuition and your intelligent reasoning out there for all to see.

Quiet your thinking.

Western civilization has taught for years to override our intuition. It didn’t get the respect it deserved in the workplace. We were taught to think things through, really think about it, or give it some thought. Instincts and intuition are not thoughts. They are grounded in feelings. So, quiet your mind long enough to let your feelings weigh in.

Try this: recall a positive situation you had. Recollect moments when you were doing the right thing at the right time. Bring to your attention the sensations you felt. Now think about a negative situation from your past that was an unpleasant force in your life. Recall how this situation or person was wrong for you. What did you stomach do? How about your heart?

This is your intuition at work!



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