Have you ever had the experience where you all of a sudden knew or felt somehow that you needed to do something new or different? It just hit you and you were not sure where it came from. This is what some might call an intuitive hit. Others may call it inspiration or an epiphany.
Dr. Brené Brown describes intuition as follows: “intuition is not a single way of knowing—it’s our ability to hold space for uncertainty, and our willingness to trust the many ways we’ve developed knowledge and insight, including instinct, experience, faith, and reason”
While I do not recommend following your gut without questioning it, I do encourage listening to it and understanding what it has to tell you rather than brushing it off. When listening to it, it often shows us where there is a gap that we can contribute to closing, a new and innovative idea, a new direction, a new way of doing things, a new way at looking at things, a new way of thinking about things … it can lead to innovation or steer us away from trouble. You can take the approach of, ‘I wonder …’. ‘What if we tried it this way?’ ‘What would happen if …?’ ‘What is this guiding me towards … or away from?’
It is helpful if the environment is set up for this to occur. Safety, trust, space, quiet, being present … these all contribute to our ability to be more aware and to hear our inner wisdom to better inform creativity, new ideas, our decisions.
Think of the last time you had a gut feeling. Did you listen to it? What happened? Did you regret it when you did not listen to what it had to offer? Did it come again?
We have many types of wisdom: logical, emotional, physical. The combination of them all is powerful.
Jamie Davidoff, BComm, Professional Certified Coach