In every part of life, decisions are a constant. Whether picking your clothes for the day or planning your retirement, our choices will play a role in our subsequent actions.
The same situation is seen in the workplace, where each decision has its pros and cons, and you have to make sure its impacts aren’t too severe. However, there are situations where you can’t decide because of the information available and the potential effects it can bring to the business. While some take time to make the right decision, others utilize their “intuition”, especially if the situation requires an immediate solution.
Intuition is a good assistant in making decisions because it does not lead you into a decision that is only brought in by one’s emotions. When it hits, the brain analyses patterns known as schemas to process information and experiences and make a solid decision.
All of us have intuition, but not everyone can access it efficiently. To help you out, here are three tips to help you utilise your intuition during decision-making situations:
Look At The Physical Cues
When intuition kicks in, you would feel it in your body, especially in your gut. The gut has neurotransmitters that help maintain homeostasis or a state where you think optimistic about success. If homeostasis does not succeed, it may lead to disaster.
When you feel like you are excited about what will happen next, or you feel queasy but not sickly, the decision you will make may be good. If you feel like the workload it will create is exhausting, you can reconsider your decision.
List Down Your “Aha” Moment
The “Aha” moment our intuition creates can happen at any time as we think about the various options available. These moments may help you determine which resources can support a specific alternative and increase its success rate. Make sure to write these moments down and review them as you consider other options for your final decision.
Gut instincts or intuition is not 100% accurate, but they can still help you make decision-making easier. Don’t immediately ignore a feeling you may have about the decision you are trying to make and evaluate why this feeling is giving you that negative impression.
Sometimes, we misunderstand our intuition as fear, but sometimes, the feeling it invokes may be due to past experiences making themselves known to us. Take time to listen to yourself and see which decision gets plus points from your intuition.
Sometimes, decisions can be scary, especially if many options are thrust on you. When this happens to you, don’t hesitate to use both logic and your intuition to make it easier for you to decide.
Both logic and intuition work together to help you see the positive and negative aspects of one decision and help you find the best one for the situation at hand. Once you recognise the value of both sides, it will make decision-making less stressful.
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