In this month’s series, we are exploring five of the most common roadblocks that get in the way of listening to and acting on your intuition in business. Each week will reveal another common obstacle.
This week we are focusing on the fourth obstacle: fear. Fear is so primal in each of us that we often do what we can to avoid feeling it—and staying busy is America’s number one choice.
Ideally, fear is our system’s warning signal that we are not safe physically, emotionally, or mentally, and it demands our attention. Fear can also show up neurotically when we are not in danger as we can project our insecurities and paranoias into our environment. This can range from subtle levels of discomfort to feeling consumed by sheer panic and terror.
Fear gets in the way of intuition as this physiological response often makes us tense, shut-down, protective, or dissociative on some level. Fear comes with a strong emotional charge throughout your body such as tension accompanied by a compelling narrative that dominates your thoughts. Any strong emotion like anxiety, depression, rage, or shame can seize our full attention and not leave space for the quiet stillness and receptivity that is required for listening to one’s intuition.
How Do You Know If It’s a Fear or Intuition That You Are Experiencing?
Intuition is very direct, clear, and doesn’t involve extra drama or emotional intensity. Intuition requires the opposite posture to thrive, as we need a basic level of relaxation, openness, and receptivity to access this resource.
Even if you receive a very strong intuitive “no” about a person or situation that feels intense, you will find that there’s not a lot of story around it. It’s simply a strong feeling. If you are in a situation where you are not sure if it’s fear or intuition talking to you, check in and see. If there is a lot of drama and story attached to the “no,” you might need to go deeper into that and feel the fear, and then see what your intuition tells you afterward.
Intuition can bring up fear as it is not coming from our conscious mind, and thus our known universe. It is outside our rational, logical thought and something that we are not in control of. It is often unpredictable and may bring up powerful feelings, awareness, or truths that are difficult to confront.
Imagine that you have a strong intuition that you shouldn’t take money from investors because something doesn’t feel right, yet are afraid this may be your only opportunity? Or the gut feeling that is telling you not to go into business with a friend, yet you don’t want to upset them?
Would you have the courage to listen to, trust, and act on your intuition? These examples challenge core social pressures and common business practices that make it a perfect recipe for fear to hijack your decision making.
The Antidote to Fear
That antidote is to face your fears directly, feel what you need to feel, and take action. The more you practice leaning into your fears at work by starting with the smaller ones, you learn to overcome the obstacles in your way. This builds momentum to try new approaches and venture into new territories that were previously unfamiliar.
Listening to, trusting, and acting on your intuition no matter how much fear arises, will build experience and confidence, and become one of your most valuable resources over time.
Stay tuned for the rest of our series as we explore the more roadblocks to accessing your intuitive intelligence. For more information on how to access intuitive decision making for you and your team, contact [email protected].