Intuition based decisions, to many, are considered the less effective approach to critical reasoning. Especially when it’s compared to analytically based decision making. However, spiritual entrepreneurs tend to place great value and dependence upon fast and effective decision making. Having said that, the intuitive approach is becoming an increasingly valuable tool. However, you want these quick decisions to be accurate.
Naysayers originate from earlier studies where intuition was examined in the context of very structured, multi-step decisions in the areas of math or logic. Math related problems demand analytic decisions because they involve breaking things down into smaller parts. Simply going by ‘gut instinct’ or intuition is unheard of because you must break things down and follow a specific formula in order to arrive at the ‘right’ answer. While this is absolute in the realm of solving complex math and science problems, it isn’t necessarily absolute in the summation of all life decisions.
When to Make Intuition Based Decisions
Intuition involves the ability to identify patterns and wholes so you can quickly recognize reality, good, bad, right, wrong, danger, low risk, high risk, limiting beliefs etc. In a previous article, ways to use your intuition in online marketing was discussed. There is one very important aspect to it. Your heart, your brain and your internal energy (electrical impulses) all need to be balanced so you can feed your subconscious good information. In other words, you need to feed it with facts that solidify reality from self-sabotaging beliefs, good from bad, right from wrong, safety from danger, high risk from low risk, etc. When you can identify these subconsciously, your intuition is more likely to be quick and more precise. If, however, you’re not balanced, your intuition based decisions won’t be as accurate because they’re skewed by limiting beliefs and past experiences.
Wise decision making becomes a challenge in situations when you need to make quick decisions and don’t have time to implement rationalization and/or step by step processing. In these cases you’ll rely heavily upon your intuition. The need for intuition based decisions in business is common. Therefore, you need to be accurate. This takes practice.
To do this you must be in touch with subconscious and have an established groundwork of feeding it rational, productive thoughts at al times. The more you do this, the more accurate your intuitive based decisions will be.
Real Life Case Scenario
My oldest daugther struggles with a vision disability that causes a processing disorder. It wasn’t discovered until 6th grade, so she was at a first grade reading level. She had a lot to catch up on. By the end of 7th grade, she began excelling. She began discovering that she could do anything she set her mind to. As her confidence grew, she realized that she’s very gifted in engineering. She decided she was going to Cal Poly. My first reaction was no way.
Intuition…Logic…Limiting Beliefs…or All Three?
Since this was a gut reaction, the task now was to determine if my ‘gut’ or intuition was based upon valid information. Here are the steps to take to validate an intuition based decision:
- Identify the thoughts/feelings that are attached to the gut reaction.
- Are these thoughts/feelings based upon logic, past experiences, confidence (or lack of), excitement, red flags?
- Now separate these into fact or perceived reality. Remember, for a fact, there has to be supporting evidence.
- Risk assessment: So based upon balancing #3, the facts with your perceived reality, weigh your risks and determine if your gut intuition was correct. This will help you balance your brain, heart and internal energy.
Being that my first reaction was an absolute no way, was that intuition, logic or limiting beliefs causing it? This is where you have to really tune into your brain, heart and the energy you’re emitting. In that moment, a few years back, we were still working until 8:00 and 9:00 at night to bring her up to grade level standards. It was exhausting. My mom, a retired educator, would finish working with her paying students from her tutoring business and then come work with Savvy. She was, (and still is) so behind that I just couldn’t see her being able to catch up. When you’re in the middle of a situation, and emotions are attached, it can skew your thinking.
So let’s go through the aforementioned steps:
- Identify the feelings: I zeroed in on the second she mentioned Cal Poly and sat in the moment to identify the words that instantly popped up. Doubt, frustration, exhaustion, fear, anger, lack of finances, disappointment, disability.
- Then I took each feeling and labeled them:
- Fear = Past experiences, lack of confidence (pertaining to finances)
- Frustration & exhaustion = lack of confidence (in catching her up)
- Doubt = lack of confidence (in catching her up, in finances & in her ability)
- Anger = past experience of her trying hard and failing academically
- Lack of Finances = fear, red flag, lack of confidence, logic, past experiences
- Disappointment = fear, red flag
- Disability = lack of confidence, fear
3. Fact or Perceived Reality? So now I simply went through each feeling and determined if it was fact or perception.
- Fear = perception
- Frustration & exhaustion = perception
- Doubt = perception
- Anger = perception
- Lack of Finances = fact
- Disappointment = perception
- Disability = fact
It’s more than obvious that my initial intuiton based decision was primarily based upon limiting beliefs. My state of mind during this time was not one of hope or confidence. My gut decision to not allow her to pursue her dream of Cal Poly was based upon my own self-limiting beliefs. The only two realities in the situation were my financial status and her disability. With goal setting and planning, both of these realities could be overcome.
Since then, a few years have passed. Thank goodness I didn’t stick to my intuition based decision, because it was based upon false information that I’d been feeding my subconscious. In order to go after your dreams and reach your true potential in life, your brain your heart and your internal energy all must be balanced.
So the answer to when to make intuition based decisions is absolutely when your brain your heart and your energy are all aligned. If you’re not sure, follow the process outlined above to test your initial gut reactions and decisions. It primes your subconscious not to base decisions upon limiting beliefs. You will come to see that when you reach the point of balance, your intuition based decisions will become more and more accurate.
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