The Three Types Of Intuition — Part One — Directional Intuition


Intuition is often defined as an inherent knowing without the need for conscious reasoning. It can be such an intangible and effusive term and be challenging to apply in practical ways within your company. Yet, this is our mission here at Three-Hats: to bring intuitive intelligence to your company culture for better decision making.

This month, we are focusing on three types of intuition that we use in business and in life that will help you clarify your natural strengths as a leader and determine what you might need to develop or hire around you to have a smart, innovative team. Today, we are focusing on the first type of intuition, which I call directional intuition.

What is this? Directional intuition comes in the form of your inner decision maker. It is your personal connection to your inner guidance or innate wisdom. It is what you rely on for making gut decisions when it comes to hiring, firing, setting the direction for your company or department, and anticipating the future.

On a smaller scale, your directional intuition helps you with daily decision making and on a bigger scale, it is a resource that’s available for your life direction and purpose. It’s what innovative entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk and Steve Jobs use(d) to assess the marketplace and help shape where it was going in the future.

Directional intuition connects you with your inner compass in the most intimate way. Depending on your lens or belief system, directional intuition is commonly described as guidance from your higher-self, soul, divine nature, subconscious mind, the greater field, or the grand order of things.

The idea is that you have an intuitive guidance system embedded deeply in your being that is connected to something greater than your conscious mind. It is the source of your inner compass. And to connect with this guidance system—both with business endeavors and life in general—you need to be receptive and to listening to these frequencies, which are quite different from everyday thoughts.

For example, have you ever felt that a job or a relationship was past its expiration date or wasn’t right in the first place but not been able to figure out why? Maybe everything looked great on paper, but something nagged at you that it was time for your next adventure. Have you ever been led to move somewhere or follow a calling that didn’t make sense to you at the time?

I interviewed Marc David, the founder of The Institute for the Psychology of Eating and the author of the best-selling books Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being and The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss. He shared how the moments of listening to his directional intuition and taking action helped him to pioneer the key business manifestations of his life:

"I don’t know that I have a more important navigational system than my intuition. At the end of the day, when I look at how I get from point A to point B in my life, how I make big decisions, how I arrive at where I’m going to live, what college I’m going to go to, what grad school I’m going to go to, what woman I’m going to date, to me, intuition always factors in in a big way—if not in a really big way. I don’t think I can operate without it. I wouldn’t even know how to do that. I would feel uncomfortably naked if I didn’t have it.

 Intuition is this voice that comes through that somehow doesn’t usually sound like the ‘me, me, me, me, me.’ It has a different quality to it. It has a smarter quality to it. It has a more timeless quality to it. It has a more relaxed quality to it. It ain’t worried. When intuition is speaking, it’s a clear bell and it’s very confident."

So, how does your directional intuition speak to you daily or on the longer-term arc of your life? Feel free to share in the comment selection. And, if you want to get specific coaching on how to get in touch with your own directional intuition, contact us to learn more.

Stay tuned for next week’s article where we discuss the second type of intuition used in business and life—social intuition.