Usually, when people talk about intuition, they are referring to people and relationships. I mean the romantic kind. Like a guy who seems really nice and sweet but you have this sinking feeling only to find out he’s unemployed, doesn’t have a car, and wants to borrow money from you he’ll never pay back.
But business intuition is something we can use to keep our careers solid, make better decisions at work, and get to the place we need to be.
Your intuition works the same way for both personal and business situations. Here are three steps that can help you identify if your intuition is talking to you ... and what it is trying to tell you.
1. Make sure you’re not just freaking out. Sometimes we find ourselves in stressful situations and if we are not careful, the fear may make us believe that our intuition is telling us to get out and run. Analyze the situation fully before making a determination if it’s your fear or your intuition talking.
2. Are you acting in a way completely unlike you? If you are, that may be your subconscious trying to tell you something. If you’re freaking out in a way you normally don’t, look deeper into the situation you’re in and make a list of why the situation could be bad for you. It’s possible you’ve overlooked something and a list can help you target the problem you have.
3. How will your final decision affect your life? A life-altering decision like breaking off a relationship or quitting a job is huge. Make sure you do not make decisions in haste that cannot be undone. If you want to quit your job because your instincts tell you that you may be getting fired soon, don’t make a preemptive strike and quit—start looking for a new job while you still have one.
The more you listen to your intuition, the more you will be able to hear what it is trying to tell you. I don’t think intuition is any kind of hinky hocus-pocus; it is the little voice that is trying to tell us what we may not want to hear.
If we listen, it can do a world of good in our lives.