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What is intuition?

It is immediate knowledge based on past experience and pattern recognition. It is guidance that comes to us from a spiritual source. Both explanations are valid.

“Organizational effectiveness does not lie in that narrow-minded concept called rationality. It lies in the blend of clearheaded logic and powerful intuition.” – Henry Mintzberg, author of Managers not MBAs

How will you know it is intuition? You may experience

  1. a physical sensation (a knot in your stomach, a hot flash or cold shiver, tension in your neck and shoulders, generalized lightness or heaviness).
  2. an emotion (feelings of relief, enthusiasm, passion, eagerness, and excitement).
  3. an auditory “still small voice”.
  4. a visualization (via a dream, a meditation, or other signs).
  5. an epiphany (an “aha” moment).

Bottom-line: intuition is that unexplainable response to a situation – a knowing.

“Successful people engage that creative part of their minds and ask, “Well, I wonder how else I can look at this problem? What other possibilities are there?” – Jim Rohn

“When your head tells you one thing and your gut tells you another thing, go with your gut. Your gut knows things that your head will never understand.” – Sam Frowine

“I learned that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a chance to start flowing, prime it with solitude and idleness.” – Brenda Ueland

Reference: Lynn A Robinson. (2006), TRUST YOUR GUT: How the Power of Intuition can grow your Business. Chicago, IL: Kaplan Publishing


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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