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