Tips, Tricks, and Thoughts on Following Your Intuition

Your gut knows best

“Everything I do is just really my intuition, and every time I go against my intuition, it’s a mistake. Even though I may sit down and analyze and intellectualize something on paper, if I go against my gut feeling, it’s wrong.” — Tamara Mellon.

There are countless stories of people who have trusted their gut and went with that sinking feeling in their stomachs. Only to find out later that their perception saved them from grave danger. We all have this ‘superpower’. Often, I’ve ignored that small feeling, and in hindsight, I realize what could’ve been or how the present could be better if I had just listened to my heart.

As Blaise Pascal wisely said, “The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.”\

Researchers at Leeds University analyzed research papers on intuition. They concluded that intuition is a real psychological process where the brain uses prior experiences and cues from the environment and intellect to make an informed decision. This decision happens so quickly, though, that it doesn’t register on a conscious level.

Intuition exists in all of us, whether we acknowledge it or not. The more we can learn about it, the more we can use it to shape our lives for the better.

The human brain has two ‘operating systems.’ The first is quick, instinctual, and effortless. Intuition works by drawing on patterns collected by our experience, and when we have to make a smart decision about whether something is real, fake, feels good, feels bad, right or wrong, we draw on these patterns. It all happens ‘offline,’ outside our conscious awareness.

The second operating system is slower to respond. It’s more analytical and deliberate and conscious.

Often, we run from one place to another with an endless to-do list; only when we stop running can our mind catch up.

Take time to reflect and relax. It can help you listen to your intuition, and save you from an unnecessarily dangerous situation.

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