First up: I’m a HUGE believer in running a business based on intuition. I even did a huge re-haul after refining my core business essence a few months ago when it became loud and clear, intuitively, that a new direction was required.
So why do I write this post? (Stay with me…)
How intuition works: Our intuition gives us ideas based on the information we already have.
For example, while coaching a client I might get an intuitive hit on a story I’ve read about in the past. And in sharing this with my client we start to discern what is the message contained in that story that is right for her. Sometimes what I share is spot-on, sometimes the client upon hearing my story receives her own intuitive insights. Through working together, it becomes a collaborative and co-creative process of unraveling and revealing what’s beneath the surface.
So, what about information we don’t have?
Intuition isn’t always able to lead us directly to information we don’t currently have. We might get partial insights or get an inkling of a direction we are nudged to explore more of.
For example, if I’ve never heard of acupuncture before, my intuition wouldn’t say “go to acupuncture!” … It might point me in the direction of TCM, and/or it might not feel right for me to book a massage for this particular issue, and/or I might chance upon information on acupuncture that I resonate with.
When I first let go of an old dream to be a veterinarian doctor in pursuit of a life more aligned to who I am, I had no idea what coaching and energy work was. Deep down, all I could reach for was the knowing that I (still) wanted to plant good things in people’s hearts. This led me to studying Nutrition at university, where I then met some wonderful friends who were doing a health coaching diploma… Which led me into the world I am in today.
Does intuition go only as far as the mind can stretch?
I read this statement ‘intuition can go only as far as the mind can stretch‘ in a textbook the other day, and it really got me thinking… I would like to believe that intuition can go further than what our minds know – but there’s a caveat. We require to be radically open. In such a way that our ego isn’t at play at all. Only in this state can we assess knowledge and information that our minds do not currently know.
I believe this is why we may hear stories of intuitive people getting ideas, hearing words, new directions that were previously unheard of to them. That said, most people do not live in that state of openness, which is why most of the time our intuition speaks to us through filters of our minds.
For these reasons, we can’t always solely rely on intuition when growing our business.
What We Can Do…
What we can do is continue listening to our intuition WHILE gathering information, seeking to learn more, continue widening our knowledge (of course, while also deepening existing knowledge), collaborate with others who have gems of wisdom we don’t currently have (that we could really benefit from).
Even if you are super intuitive, it can be really beneficial (and necessary) to open up to suggestions and feedback of others. Let it percolate before making a decision on how to move forward in your business.
I’ve seen it go both ways —
What we do: We feel so attached to only hearing what our intuition tells us that we disregard anything that comes from outside, that feels scary/uncomfortable/unknown.
The downside: We forget that intuition also sends us those ideas and people, that it is intuition that has led us here. We discount those ideas that do not originate from us and get stuck (longer than we need to) or feel even more distant to our goals.
Instead, try: Being more open. Choosing courage over comfort. Letting others in. Contemplate other people’s ideas or suggestions. Try it on for size before shooting it down. THEN, make a decision for you.
What we do: We are so trusting of all information around us that we become a big o’ sponge. We forget what’s relevant and what isn’t. Soon, we feel overwhelmed by all the information around us.
The downside: When we don’t filter the information and take our own spin on it, we lose ourselves. We feel like we are drowning in all the information, or we just start doing what others say we should — even if it’s not right for us.
Instead, try: Discerning. Instead of being ALL yes or ALL no, practice open curiosity. Observe if what is being conveyed matches you. Is there resonance? If there is, does the information require REFINEMENT?
In a nutshell, we require to listen intuitively while also practising RADICAL OPENNESS & DISCERNMENT.
Not too long ago…
I felt a little burned by some of my earlier coaching experiences, as I was just soaking everything up without discernment. So, I took a HUGE step back when it came to asking for others’ advice in business. I needed to hear my own voice again.
An amazing opportunity to work with someone came up. And the opportunity meant I had be discerning when it came to the other person’s intuitive insights! It worked out incredibly, really. I had to learn so much on how to balance being a sponge vs. shutting everything out from a place of fear that I wouldn’t be able to listen to my own voice.
I required to learn how to ebb and flow between hearing what is meant for me, within all the info I received from others. :)
You don’t have to figure out ALL your answers based on your intuition.
Sometimes intuition doesn’t have all the answers for you, just the first step/first shell of an idea.
So, friends, what do you think?
Do you believe that there is a sweet space where our intuitive insights meet external sources of information that helps us REFINE exactly what we really need to know? :)
How does intuition work in your business?
What is your take on relying on your intuition in your business?