We have all been given the gift of intuition, however the majority of people are not aware of how to use it to their advantage.
Through our experiences in life, we tend to make most of our decisions according to what we see, hear, smell, taste or touch, and suppress one of our greatest gifts — our intuition.
What is Intuition?
A simple way to define intuition is it’s the voice we hear or images we “see” before our rational mind kicks in. The Latin origin of intuition defines it as “look or go within.”
Our intuition is like an internal GPS that is always guiding us in the right direction and subtly informing us of what is true for us in any given moment.
Albert Einstein once said, “I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.”
Why Strengthen Your Intuition?
Once we learn how to strengthen our intuition and trust it more, we will:
- Have a lot more clarity on what’s important to us.
- Be less indecisive.
- Feel more confident that what we are doing is beneficial to us in some way.
- Experience less stress or overwhelm because of higher levels of clarity.
- Have better daily interactions because we’re guided by a higher intelligence.
As the decisions we make control the quality of our results and our overall life, strengthening our intuition will help us make better decisions.
One thing that is common amongst highly successful people is that they all have coaches, either in their personal or professional life.
Sports professionals have coaches, as do entrepreneurs, executives, working professionals and individuals. There are many types of coaches today and they include:
- Health and nutritional coaches.
- Relationships coaches.
- Business coaches.
- Leadership or executive coaches.
- Financial coaches.
- Sales coaches.
- Sports coaches.
It is rare for people to achieve remarkable success on their own. The term “self-made” is often a fallacy because no one achieves anything without either learning from someone or getting assistance from others.
Having well-functioning teams is critical for a business to have an advantage over its competition.
Just think of some of the more recognisable companies or brands in the world — we’ll find that they all have great teams driving their success. It is extremely rare for anyone or any business to achieve notable success without having highly productive and effective teams.
Oftentimes, when considering improving team performance, a lot of focus is given to different types or training, mentoring or coaching programs. While they are extremely valuable and should always be the foundation of any team improvement initiatives, in my experience, when businesses are under pressure to cut costs, one of the first areas that suffers is employee training.
As training is often seen as a cost rather than an investment in people, continually providing training programs may not be seen as the best solution during difficult times. There are other things that can be done to improve team performance that won’t cost anything.
When done well, not only will it result in bottom-line improvements to a business, it will also create a happier, more enjoyable work environment for team members.
Have you ever heard the saying, “You have to be in the right place at the right time?”
Maybe you’ve heard, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know that determines what you get in life.”
The sad reality is that most of us buy into these ideas, which forms beliefs for what’s possible for us. What that does is it limits us in so many ways and most times, we aren’t even aware that we’re limiting ourselves.
At one point in my life, I too had the belief that luck and being at the right place at the right time determined whether I would achieve a goal I wanted in life. Some of the costs for having such a belief included:
- Not being willing to have a go at doing new things.
- Not challenging myself to set bigger goals.
- Not having high levels of motivation.
- Feeling stagnant or stuck.
- Thinking others could achieve great results but I couldn’t.
The practice of meditation is becoming more widely accepted as a way to become happier, healthier and more successful in life.
While meditation has been around for centuries, over the past few decades, it has become as an essential practice for a better quality life.
The practice of meditation is about learning to be more present in any situation. It is about separating ourselves from any attachments we may have, whether that’s our thoughts or emotions, and focus only on the present moment.
The objective of having a meditation practice is to learn how to quieten our minds. As we have anywhere between 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, by learning how to meditate, we allow ourselves to become better at deciding which thoughts to give attention to and which ones to let go.
The extent to which we are willing to accept responsibility for all our results has a significant impact on the quality of our lives.
The more responsibility we take for our results, the greater our ability to make changes necessary to achieve what we want. The word “responsibility” can be defined as our ability to respond in any given situation and in any given circumstance.
When we take more responsibility for all aspects of our lives, we will:
- Be more empowered to make better decisions.
- Focus more on what matters most to us.
- Easily let go of things beyond our control.
- Be a positive influence to those we interact with.
- Not give attention to things we cannot influence or change.
Just like any other skill, our ability to become more responsible can be developed over time with consistent focus and discipline.
I love learning new things to improve my skills or just acquire new knowledge about things I am interested in.
The challenge I face and I think many of us can relate to, is finding time to dedicate to learning. Often I don’t give myself enough time to learn something new, which extends how long it takes to learn it.
With so many choices available today, if we don’t have techniques to learn things faster, we will:
- Find ourselves not keeping up with changes.
- Easily get frustrated with ourselves.
- Lose interest and motivation easily.
- Have many unfinished projects or initiatives.
- Feel we are not growing or making progress in life.
Our ability to continually learn and grow is vital to our happiness and overall sense of fulfilment in life.
Our ability to stay motivated consistently and take action determines the types of results we achieve.
While it is easy to set an intention for something we’d like to do, have or experience in life, following through and staying motivated to do what needs to be done can be a lot more challenging.
There are numerous reasons why we lose motivation and some of these include:
- We are no longer interested in the thing we were initially interested in.
- We encounter challenges which we don’t know how to overcome.
- We don’t have the support to overcome challenges we face.
- We allow ourselves to get distracted by other things.
- We take on too many things which prevents us from focusing on what really matters.
The reality is that if we want something new or better in our lives, we will be challenged to do things we have never done before, and overcome hurdles or roadblocks along the way.
Procrastination is often the label given when we do not take action, or when we start something and do not see it all the way through to completion.
At some point in time, even the most productive and focused people succumb to procrastination. We may not even realise it, but procrastination will affect our happiness and how we feel each day.
Why do we Procrastinate?
There are a number of reasons why people procrastinate and these include:
- Having conflicting priorities.
- Not having a clear criteria for deciding what to do next or not willing to make a decision on what to do next.
- Being afraid of making a mistake or doing something wrong, so it is easier not to do anything.
- Avoiding something because it is uncomfortable, difficult or confronting, so it is easier to do something else.
- Not believing in ourselves.
- Not being interested in what we know we should do next.
If we don’t address these things, then we will constantly perpetuate the cycle of being productive, then becoming unproductive for a period of time, before becoming productive again.
One of the great things about life is that we will constantly be interacting with different people.
Some of them will become important to us, whereas some will drop out of our lives at some point in time. It has been said that, on average, we will interact with and have some sort of a relationship with around two hundred and fifty people throughout the course of our lives.
With the technology available today, that figure may actually be in question. One thing that will not change however, is that we all will lose people at some point in our lives. Knowing that gives us the opportunity to mentally prepare for it so that when it does happen, we can cope with it and also move on with our lives.
If we don’t prepare ourselves beforehand, when we lose someone unexpectedly, it can:
- Cause us to go into a downward spiral emotionally.
- Make us lose perspective of what is truly important.
- Cause us to question our self-worth.
- Slow down our progress towards what we want.
- Affect our daily interactions with other people.