It seems as if we’re standing under an umbrella of massive uncertainty sometimes. I’ve been trying to listen really well to people who’ve been out of work, starting new jobs after being out of work, and to those who are seemingly secure in their jobs but know how quickly that can change. It’s scary out there. And we’re supposed to be paying attention to the candidates, too, many of whom if not all are talking about change.
So I wasn’t surprised when I noticed the title of a book that was sent my way. It’s called Trust Your Gut: How the Power of Intuition Can Grow Your Business. Perhaps author Lynn Robinson has some tips that might help us weather some of the uncertainly raining down. When you don’t know where things are going to fly and land sometimes it’s helpful to rely on what your gut is telling you. Our intuition can be the great source of truth of all, more than what’s written in the newspapers, being spoken by the pundits on television, even this blog (well, hopefully, you’ll find some truth here . . . ).
According to a 2006 PRWeek/Burson Marseller CEO Survey said that six out of every ten CEO’s are more likely to tap into their intuition than financial issues, competitive analysis, or other measurements when making business decisions. Wow! According to Robinson, intuition is getting a lot of attention in the boardroom and beyond. Indeed, she believes it’s a big mistake to ignore your inner voice when it comes to making decisions. Some of us have no problem doing that. But others second-guess themselves all the time. And of course there are those of us who do both! In the book, Robinson delves into the ways that intuition can play a role in our ability to make decisions (good ones).
Robinson shows us how to:
- Instantly uncover critical information that’s simply not available via “normal” channels.
- Recognize thoughts and actions that will guide you and your businesses toward success.
- Making winning decisions without having all the facts (do we ever have all the data we need?)
- Enter any negotiation with a high level of confidence.
- Understand the mindset of customers, potential customers, and the overlooked competition.
- Achieve what you’ve always wanted for yourself and your businesses.
Even if you’re not a business owner, however, knowing how to tap into and then trust your intuition can be a tremendous boon to anyone’s career and personal life, too. I was listening to a good friend recently who was bemoaning the fact that her husband can be incredibly, frustratingly indecisive. Sometimes our indecisiveness comes from a lack of inner trust or wanting to know positively what an outcome might be. That could be a control issue, but just because you can’t predict an outcome doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t trust what you think could happen.
Next time: more about intuition and how it can help us on the job.