I want to trust my inner voice more and figure how to do great work

Intuitive Leading


The Context

Do you make paying attention to your intuition a priority? Do you expect intuitive guidance to actually be there for you? If not, that's typical. Many people are hesitant to use their intuition. They disregard intuitive signals that might provide them with important information. Partly because they might have to defend their intuition to someone later, and they'll have no logical explanation to support their actions. After all, they can't just say that it was a feeling they had, and that's why they did what they did, right?

The Tool

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Intuitive Leading

INTUITIVE LEADING -- Deconstructing instincts into hard concepts that can be understood more technically

Look around. Since when did logic ever stand in the way of anybody believing or doing anything? Humans are not a species that operates on real reasons. Having a real reason for something might be helpful, but it's certainly not a requirement to thrive. And this is great news. It's permission for each of us take action on our intuitive leads more frequently. Because even if we're just manipulating our own impression of reality, as long as it gets us to a good place, and doesn't harm others, then it's good enough. Here's how you can use this tool. Think about several decisions you made yesterday. Now zoom in on one decision that felt particularly intuitive, meaning you had limited information in the moment, so you instinctively relied on tacit knowledge gained via personal experience. What was the language were you using internally? What questions were you asking yourself along the way? Remember, your internal dialog is what defines your day to day thinking, which is what defines who you ultimately become. And so, the words running through your head can be highly revealing. They can lay conceptual groundwork for something more tangible that you can replicate in the future. Now, you may not instantly populate a list of words or phrases the first time you perform this exercise. Or the first five times. But the more you reflect on those moments of intuitive decision making, the more patterns will emerge. Soon you'll cultivate the ability to sense the most subtle ripples of your own experience. You'll start to deconstruct it into a common root structure. And you'll realize that information known intuitively can be as real as anything known by material experience.

Personally, I try to spend a little time each day training my intuition. It's a muscle like anything else, so it's simply a matter of repetition before it grows stronger. One exercise that's been particularly useful for me is called languaging. It's when you deconstruct intuitive leaps into hard concepts that can be understood more technically. This process has informed many of my successful creative endeavors, most notably, this very software product. My entire content inventory for this project is the result of intuitive leading.

The Rest

The best part is, it doesn’t have to be logical, scientific or quantifiable. There's nothing to justify to anyone. Intuitive leading is about connecting with your inner guidance more consistently. It's about using your thoughts in service of your own fulfillment, regardless if those thoughts are provable or not. Doing so will help you in building daily architectures that are fundamentally productive. Are you disregarding intuitive signals that might provide you with important information?

The Benefits

Identify ways to leverage your natural talents more consistently
Gain important creative insight from your higher intelligence
Trust your intuition more and use it to improve your life
Give yourself permission to move forward without complete information

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