There is often a debate between the logical and intuitive sides of our brain. And more pointedly, the question of which is the best place to make strategic decisions from? I say both!
The following is the third of a four-part series on the topic of intuition and leadership, and more specifically the importance of setting a plan, as well as knowing when to veer from it. Part three below focuses on sharpening the tool of your intuition.
So far, you’ve created your plan for the next year, and you have given yourself more permission for when to veer from the plan when necessary. But how do you learn to develop and trust your intuitive spidey-sense over time, as a reliable resource to make decisions from?
I’m so glad you asked!
The first step is assessing your current relationship to your intuition. How much do you trust it?
Seriously, on a scale of one to ten, what would you rate for yourself right now? When you are committed to a direction or a plan, and you get that sense in your gut or your heart that something is just not right, how much weight do you give that inner signal?
Or when you are drawn to a particular direction that seems to make no sense to your logical mind, how do you integrate this?
One of the biggest reasons that I moved to France was to write my book on this topic of intuition—which I just secured a publisher for, by the way! This made zero sense to my logical mind as I was set on moving back to the Bay Area or Boulder, Colorado, where I have family, friends, and community. Yet I’ve learned some painful lessons throughout my life of what happens when I don’t listen to my intuition, no matter the circumstance. I’ve since committed to listening to and honoring this inner guidance.
As outrageous and left-field as this seemed, I trusted myself and the relationship I have built with my inner GPS over time, and made the leap as the intuition was too strong to ignore and it wasn’t going away. I’ve been here for over two years now and regularly check-in with the plan in my head and my inner antennae to make sure that this decision continues to feel right. And it does.
This first step is really the big one: beginning to listen to when you get those intuitive hits or inner sensations that something feels ‘off’ or ‘spot-on.’ The more you practice listening to what your inner guidance system is telling you, you can then integrate your inner knowing with outside data and metrics that will help you be a more well-rounded leader and person.
Having interviewed numerous business leaders and managers, it’s evident that everyone’s intuition speaks to them in a different way. It’s very personal.
So, how does your spidey-sense speak to you? Do you get a feeling or sensation in a certain part of your body? Do you hear a clear message or voice? Do you see images when you are in a creative or more open space? Or do you get downloads of insights in your dreams?
The key is to track the language of your own inner guidance and begin to decode it over time. The more you cultivate this relationship, the more you can build trust as you get more fluent with what this channel of information is telling you.
In part four, we’ll explore the next steps in what to do when you get an inner sense that the plan you have set course for needs to be altered.