Sometimes, I ask leaders what has made them successful?
Many do not mention intuition at all, even though they might claim the importance of their inner wisdom as they make decisions.
What is inner wisdom?
Inner wisdom is a tool for quick and ready insight
It’s a gut feeling, a sixth sense, an inner knowing, an instinct.
It’s a hunch, a stillness, a quiet inner voice.
Inner wisdom is not a magic switch you can turn on when you need counsel.
Yet your intuitive mind tells your logical mind where to look next.
Too many THOUGHTS...
We each have 60,000 thoughts a day. We may feel it is impossible to follow or control our thinking.
We can hear our thoughts. We can acknowledge them.
Many times we don’t act upon them. Instead we set them aside.
Without knowing it, we are making decisions all the time, moment by moment .
We want to get it right.
We may have trouble tuning in and trusting ourselves.
When should you tune in?
· when there is insufficient data
· when you need to make a decision quickly
· when there is too much information
· when the data is inconsistent
· when your individual or group vision has become confusing.
· when you’re stuck
You can use your intuition to come up with the right answers while you use your logic and skills to improve what you already know.
What is your intuitive self?
We are all born with intuition. Some of us can tap into it more easily than others but the more you practice using it, the better you will be.
Using your gut is like working your muscles when you exercise. As you use it, you’ll get stronger.
Each of us has experienced it. We need to learn how to listen to ourselves and act on our intuition.
Our intuition tells us the truth of who we are and what we can do.
Our intuition can help us find direction and purpose.
Exercising Your Intuition:
STATE – State your problem, circumstance, or situation. Frame the problem in a form of a question.
PAUSE – Take a break from thinking about your problem or concern. Enjoy down time enjoying yourself. Just allow yourself to be.
OBSERVE – Watch yourself and observe your thought and action patterns. Do not judge or make assumptions.
SURRENDER – Remember, you cannot force your mind to find new insights. They will come when you least expect it. Let go of the what ifs and the what should. Do not let these thoughts cloud your mind.
KNOW- If you need more information about your problem, circumstance, or situation, get it.
ASK – Ask open ended questions. What can I do about this? What else do I need to know? These types of questions will spur intuitive insights.
LISTEN – Listen for the answers. Be willing to be surprised by what you discover.
WRITE- in order to get CLEAR and take out a pen and paper and write down your thoughts and solutions. Which one FEELS best to you? Pay attention to the first option that comes to mind, since research shows that our first impression are often the best, since they are not contaminated by fear, anxiety, and wishful thinking.
TRUST – Trust what you discover. Take a bold step forward. Keep checking in and asking questions.
TRUST AGAIN – Trust the process with certainty to give you clarity in a circumstance. If you have to make a quick decision, go with your first impulse. Go with your gut. Go with your inner wisdom.
Trusting your gut is not magical or mystical. Instead, it is recognizing the language and sensation of what you know and what you are consistently acting on.
Lead From Within: Trusting your intuition will help you have respect for your inner voice, let go of resistance to change, conquer fear and doubt and find the inner strength to move from procrastination, confusion, and stagnation to a world of clarity, action, and confidence while expressing who you truly are.
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.