4 Questions to Ask Yourself to Think Intuitively

A successful thinker has the courage and know-how to rely on his intuition when necessary. The catch is – “when necessary.” While following your gut is a powerful tool, instinct is not foolproof. In particular, when selling an idea to a group of people, you may be ineffective if you do not present the facts to back it up.Intuitive Thinker

Unfortunately, there may be times when you can’t do a thorough investigation of a situation. Because you have a deadline that needs to be met, you will have to operate on instinct when deciding what to do. Far from being ideal, this situation can leave one in vulnerable position to a team that is ready to call you out on any sign of unfairness.

However, there is a job to do, and to do it well, you need to acknowledge your responsibility. When time is short, running on instincts is necessary. By making a quick decision, based on intuition, you can be an effective and firm leader, although it might not make you the most popular person.

Four Questions To Ask When Using Inner Judgement:

What does my gut tell me?

Where do I sense the solution will be?

What feels right about this situation?

What feels wrong about this situation?

Using your strong feelings as a beacon, you can judge a situation, but verify your judgement with facts when possible.

Like many people, when you go against your better judgement, you are then approaching it with an inner apprehension. When it doesn’t work out, as you anticipated, then you are forced to tackle the situation as you initially planned.

This cycle of frustration can be avoided if you learn to trust your instincts, and, at a minimum, examine your feelings to discover their roots. Often you may find that what you feel can be traced to a past experience.

For every experience you have, there is a resulting lesson.

Through experience, your mind learns lessons that you may not even be aware of, and these lessons – now instincts – will reveal themselves when needed. The abbility to apply your experience – and learn from it – rests on your willingness to listen to your inner voice.

It’s worth pausing and listening when your gut says:

“I’ve seen this before.”

“This is not right.”

“Something’s telling me to…”

Occassionally, your gut may be wrong. But an even worse scenario is when your inner voice is right, and you brush it aside. By giving your feelings due consideration, exploring their roots, and verifying your instinct with the available facts, you can put your best foot – and feelings – forward.


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