2022: My gut is telling me something is wrong. How to know if your gut feeling is right.

The business world hasn’t been built only on logic.

Actually, a good part of it was built on intuition.

You’ve probably heard at least a few mind-blowing stories of people who followed their gut to success. People like Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, and Oprah are known to have taken the leap of faith and trusted their intuition. 

How does your intuition talk to you?

You know that eerie feeling you get whenever walking a dark alley? Or the bad vibe that puts you off that guy in Accounting? That’s your gut at play.

Your intuition uses your body to convey both positive and negative messages. Respectively, you experience different sensations depending on what your intuition is trying to say.

To hear your intuition, be mindful of:

  •   Sensations in your chest. Depending on what your gut is saying, it can be an uncomfortable chest tightening – or a feeling of ease. 
  •   Stomach sensations. If something makes you feel sick, reconsider whatever you’re doing.
  •   Chills down your spine – one of the biggest warnings your gut can give you!
  •   Accelerated heart rate if something’s wrong – or a calm, reassuring warmth whenever a decision’s right.
  •   A thought – or an idea – that stays at the back of your mind and never leaves.

Do note that there may be other ways your gut might try to communicate with you. Get to know your body better. You’ll be able to decipher messages from your intuition more easily.

How to hone intuitive skills at work?  

You can use your intuitive skills at work in business meetings, on product development projects or whenever you’re hiring new employees. But above all, use them as guidance to improve your emotional intelligence and become better at reading people.  

To sharpen your intuitive skills further on, observe and notice things like:

  •   Energy

Energy is how you feel while or after interacting with someone. Your body is programmed to pick up the energy someone’s emitting. Don’t ignore it.  

Let’s say you’ve just had an interview with a potential employee. Notice how you feel afterward.

Do you feel lethargic, drained, and often with a major headache? Then think twice about that person. Feeling calm, reassured, and inspired? Then you might be moving in the right direction.

  •   Body language

Reading other people’s body language may be one of the greatest skills you can learn in the business world.

For example, imagine you’re having a big meeting.   

Are other participants leaning forward, actively engaging in the discussion? You’re making progress here! But if they’re slouching in their chairs or playing with pens… then you better start wrapping it up quickly or making a major change in topic to achieve something.

  •   Eye movement

Are you often struggling to find out whether someone’s honest or not? Then follow their eyes. If lying, people often look down or to the side. They do it to avoid eye contact with you. The speech might also slow down. But if someone’s looking you straight into the eye and speaking confidently, it might be a sign of honesty.

  •   Facial expressions

Facial expressions often indicate how someone is feeling about something.

Whenever you have a major announcement, make it known and then monitor. How do people react upon hearing something bad? How do they react upon hearing something good? But be careful. Some individuals may be really skilled at hiding emotions from their face!

  •   Tone of voice

The tone of voice is a major indicator of both mood and emotion. Notice how assertive the other side is when in a meeting or an interview. Someone talking in a faster, more confident manner most often evokes a sense of confidence in the one that listens. On the other hand, speaking slowly and ending statements as questions might be a sign they’re not as certain as you’d want them to be.

Words of wisdom

There’s a major difference between knowing something deep within and assuming something. Be careful. Assumptions are the biggest threat to your intuition. If you listen wrong, you may be discouraged from acting upon gut feeling in the future. It might not be wise to act on every impulse. Instead, make sure to always observe and listen.

Use your intuition as a guide, like a compass that always takes you where you’re supposed to be – and you’ll soon notice positive reinforcement coming from within yourself.

Intuition at Work: Take the Leap of Faith

Conducting a successful business isn’t only about crunching the numbers.  

Often, it’s about taking the leap of faith – and trusting your gut about your next big move.

Intuition is slowly emerging as one of the top skills of the most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs alike. Following the little voice at the back of the mind has helped people like Elon Musk and Bill Gates shape the world as we know it today.

But knowing how to hear the voice within isn’t only a skill a few rare are born with. Rather, it’s a major part of anyone’s emotional intelligence, something that you may be able to temper and develop over time.

Being aware when is the right time to take the leap of faith and rely on your gut might as well easily transform you into the savvy, quick-witted entrepreneur you’ve always aspired to be.

Follow up as we explain what does it actually mean to use your intuitive skills at work and when you might benefit the most from tapping into the subconscious.   

Following your gut doesn’t mean ignoring the obvious

One of the biggest misconceptions in the business world is that intuition and data don’t operate well together. Following your gut doesn’t mean ignoring the obvious – far from it.

As a rule, intuition and data complement each other. Business leaders know that the saying is true: life is never about black or white, it’s mostly about the grey.

Sometimes, fear may be misinterpreted as intuition – and numbers are the thing that will push you out of your comfort zone. Other times, even when numbers look good on paper – your intuition will save you thousands of dollars in debt.

Whenever having doubts about what your gut feeling is trying to say, meditation is your most trusted ally. Retreat and seek peace from the clustered world of numbers, data, and stats – and you might as well find the right answer within.

How to use intuition at work?

There are several ways you can benefit from using your intuitive skills at work. Most of the time, your intuition appears as a compass – as a guide to lead you through the uncertainty and into victory. If you ever have trouble accessing your gut, take a quick meditation pause to break through the fog.

  •   Follow creative hunches

You know how sometimes, a thought strikes you and you feel the urge to act on it? That’s a creative hunch. Wonderful ideas can be born out of creative hunches, the ultimate playtime of intuition and intellect. Don’t be afraid to follow your creative hunches – most of the modern world has been based on the fact that someone, somewhere had a hunch. But perhaps the most important thing about sparks of intuition like these is to be flexible. In order to grow into an idea, a hunch will need to modify and develop further on. Follow your initial hunch but be ready it might evolve into something else.

  •   Energy speaks louder than words

Have you ever walked into a meeting and felt like all the air was sucked out of the room? That’s energy – and often times, it’s much louder than words. Energy is what you experience while you talk to someone or while being somewhere.Your intuition uses your body to signal away from moves that may not be the right for you. For example, if you experience chest tightening and a general sense of unease and discomfort of the mere thought of someone – or something – you might want to reconsider your choice. On the other side, if something lights you up on the inside and makes you reach for the top even harder, that may be a good signal.

  •   Intuition is a key element throughout the hiring process

HR managers around the globe are often praised for their intuitive skills – they know better than ignoring good or bad gut feelings. Apart from only looking at a polished resume and references, they don’t shy away from taking a peek behind the curtain to better understand someone’s personality. Their biggest guide? Intuition!  Starting from the initial interview all the way to concluding a contract, candidates are assessed for their body language, facial expressions but also – the energy they convey into the room.  

  •   Intuition is your best advisor while major business moves

Gerd Gigerenzer, the author of Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Subconscious came upon a staggering discovery while investigating further upon the subject of intuition into the business world.

Approximately 50% of all decisions made by business leaders, c-level executives, and politicians were based on their gut feeling.

According to Gigerenzer, intuition is not a skill that’s praised in today’s business world. It often happens that companies spend a ridiculous amount of time and resources in an effort to justify the decisions made following someone’s gut.

But the more people explore the concept of emotional intelligence and intuition and as the interest in personal development continues to grow at a mind-blowing rate, it is my sincere hope that people start merging those two worlds together. After all, the gut is never wrong, is it? 

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