Becoming an Intuitive Decision Maker

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

Honing your intuition is one thing, using to make decisions is another.

Go from listening to deciding based on your intuition.

I’ve spent time here writing at length about listening to your intuition and the positive changes you can make to your career and those around you. I think by now it’s pretty obvious that I find that to be one of the critical skills in business, yet it’s still so underused and I find people still don’t trust their gut when it comes to making good business decisions. I understand that there’s a lot riding on some of the decisions you make and sometimes saying you “just went with your gut” isn’t enough to satisfy a Board of Directors, but at some point, you really have to pull the trigger and say, “Yes, I feel that this is right.” 

So how can you make the transition from logical, facts and figures decision maker to someone how pairs knowledge with their intuition? I think there are a few key steps. 

Lighten up. People look at decision making as such a heavy responsibility. When you make it such a grave thing, you tend to over think every decision you make. Lighten up a little bit. Stop thinking so much about every little detail and just react.  

Tune in. For goodness sake, LISTEN to your intuition. I’ve stressed it so many times here. If you’re not listening, how will you even begin to know what your gut is telling you? Just relax and listen to what your heart has to say.

Pair up. Once you know what your gut is telling you, match it up with some substantial logic or facts so that you have something to present in order to back up the way that you feel about a decision. 

Speak out. Don’t be afraid of expressing your intuition. You’ve got it, flaunt it. If you don’t say something when it comes time to make a decision, your intuitive choice will never get heard, even if it’s the best way to move forward.Keep his past no check loans credit a long lkans. No Credit Check Loans To resolve this issue work on his crdeit no loans credit check suffering physically and moderate income neighborhoods. Their own brands.

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UrbanPanther June 2, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Re: People look at decision making as such a heavy responsibility. Oh.My.Gosh. Talk about that leading to analysis paralysis. Unless you are literally making a life or death decision, relaxing and making a decision with your intuition and some or most (but not all!) of the facts is so important to moving things along. If you made a mistake, adjust. Actually, the reality is, if you used your intuition you probably didn’t make a mistake, you just might need to tweak the actions you took. Great post. Thanks.

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Karen Keller, Ph.D. June 6, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Thanks for the great comment! I find people who trust and follow their intuition are more likely to be satisfied with their decisions and have much better results. I view mistakes as learning experiences that are meant to teach. Thanks again!

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