How using your gut and intuition can help make the right decisions

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Intuition can be described as accessing things we have previously learned, without realizing we have learned them. For example, if we have learned through past experience who we like and who we trust, then when we meet new people we have a gut instinct on whether we trust a person or not. Consequently, intuitive people are commonly considered empathetic and can sense the feelings or thoughts of others.

Sometimes paying attention to what we feel to be true even without conscious reasoning can lead us to the right decision or the right direction. Intuition is a gut instinct, insight and conviction, based on our immediate thoughts and apprehension. It is the ability to grasp information or the situation without any reasoning or rationality.

Intuition is a type of inner knowledge we all possess, yet we tend to let our intellect take over in the workplace and in most situations. The difference of being intuitive or not is whether we listen to our gut feelings and act on them or not. Some people do not pay attention to it, others use it every day.

What does a higher score mean?

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You trust your intuition and use your gut instincts to respond in situations, often deferring to gut feeling when doing business or making decisions.

What does a lower score mean?

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You do not trust your intuition and prefer to use rational and logical thought when making decisions about people or things.

To nurture your intuitiveness:

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Listen to your gut. Quite literally. Pay attention to how people make you feel, and if they drain your energy, take action and remove yourself from the situation. Align your thoughts and feelings by engaging in meditation or find a quiet space and time to reflect where you won’t be disturbed. Taking time out of your daily grind to exercise, meditate, take a walk, can help you tune into your body, your mind and your feelings, enabling you to recognise what your gut is telling you.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Do you pay attention to how people are feeling around you?
  • Do you pay attention to how people make you feel?
  • Do you pay attention to your body’s reaction when you are facing a challenge?
  • Are you able to identify your immediate reaction when meeting someone?
  • Do you take a moment after being asked a question to tune into how it makes you feel?
  • Can you find opportunities to hold a question in mind before responding?
  • Do you meditate? Or find time to exercise?
  • Do you find time to be silent and still and tune into your body?

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