What is intuition?
It’s that still, small voice talking back at you at odd moments and gives you a fright sometimes. Suppose you are driving to work and suddenly a voice tells you or a fleeting thought says, “Turn right”. You actually want to laugh because; here you are…talking to yourself. Then you find out a few minutes later that there was an accident a few meters from where you turned and had you kept going, you would have been stuck in traffic. Or that voice that tells you to shut up, when you want to say something, then you realize you were going to say the wrong thing and that would have cost you your reputation.
So that is intuition, an inner knowing that cannot be explained by your logical mind but does affect your life in a
big way. When you follow through with your intuition, sometimes magical things happen and the rational mind cannot grasp. However, some people do not believe in this small voice but would rather call it old fashioned luck. To me it is the same thing because sometimes we do things subconsciously without being aware. Like in the case of driving on a busy road, one could be listening to the radio, when suddenly you apply brakes, only to realize that you missed the car in front by an inch. If you were not listening to the radio, perhaps you could have heard the voice clearly .So you call it luck!
Different names for the same thing…
In religion there are different terms to describe the same phenomenon. Some will say, it is the voice of God or the Holy Spirit or an Angel and other spiritual religions call it the Higher Self .Regardless of whatever name it is given, the point I want to make is that, it is very important to follow this small voice within us, as it is at the core of the self. It is the all- knowing voice that accompanies each and every one on their journey in life. Often times ignoring this voice has led to tragic things happening andyou hear someone saying: “that thought passed through my mind but I ignored it.”
Intuition in business
So how does intuition apply in business? I have often woken up with a phrase or word continuously playing in my head. Perhaps something to do with a blog article, a marketing idea or an investment I have to make. My rule of thumb is that if I try to dismiss the thought/idea twice and it does not go away but comes back for the third time, then I have to implement it. My intuitive self is very patient with me as I established this rule to protect myself from compulsive behavior or being carried away by the multitude of hypnotic messages I come across throughout the day. In other words, I put my intuition to the test.
However, there are certain instances where I have to trust the first instruction that pops up. Say, I have a form that I am completing and it is asking me to tick a box to indicate what action I would like to take. Usually by the time that form is presented before me, there would have been preceding events that serve to prepare me for the decision. This happens to everyone, but the degree of clarity comes with practice and paying attention or being fully conscious of one’s surroundings. Intuition means different things to different people.
It would be interesting to hear from others howintuition plays out in their lives or businesses. Please leave a comment below.
Mosline Farawu is a creative writer who likes to share her thoughts and observations . It is my hope that many will find healing through such writings.