We all have experienced our intuition, in one way or another. But do we listen to it? And if we don’t, we usually get into trouble, right? How can we be more attuned to it and heed its guidance? Here are a few ways:
Own your discomfort
People can be smiling at us, or encouraging us to do something. They might have arguments of why it’s the best choice for us, something just doesn’t feel right. That usually takes the form of some type of discomfort. Don’t ignore it.
Pay attention to the signs
Usually we get indications that something isn’t right, but we may not notice them because we are bombarded by different stimuli. Heed the warnings around you. For example, a colleague has been recommended for a project, but others often bring up his/her poor behavior at work, and you have also picked up mixed signals from that person.
Do the opposite
If you get that uncomfortable feeling about a choice people are encouraging you to make, your gut comes first—take the opposite course of action. In the end, you will see that you made the right choice.
Don’t act impulsively
Think before you act, and analyze all the information in front of you. Don’t go on autopilot just because people are pushing you to decide now. Usually, there is time to make a decision—and buying some time can help you make the choice that’s best for you.
You don’t need to know everything
Your gut reaction can be vague and immediate. You might have a bad feeling about something or someone, but not know why. You don’t have to know why, just trust that your inner guidance is telling you something is wrong. More could be revealed at a future time.
The insights in this article are the opinion of the writer.