I’ve been playing with Intuition. You know that voice in your head that can say “Oh – try that” or “Don’t step THERE!” We all have the voice. The question is, how often am I willing to first listen and second give credence to what it tells me?
Back in my corporate days, you wouldn’t have caught me dead paying attention to my intuition. I was so in my head! Any new idea had to be validated through research, published (HBR was always a good source) and widely recognized as valid. Are you aware of how limiting those head games make us? I didn’t either – never even considered it. I was such a good corporate player. Turns out I played pretty small.
Before I left my nearly-30 years at IBM. I read Joseph Jaworsky’s and Peter Senge’s Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership. It made me very squirmy. What they said about slowing down, being aware of energy beyond themselver and the success and happiness they found when they let go was very foreign to me.
Not anymore – I’m no longer a ‘good corporate player.” Nope, I’m just not “good” in the sense of being too analytical nor am I corporate. However, I am still a dedicated player. And I choose to play with intuition. What a cool place to play. Here are the challenges: FIRST I have to discern the little voice. That’s a challenge because it can be just a “no, not that” twinge. Then I have to pay attention. I have to slow down – a competency I’m working on – to even get the signal. Finally, I have to believe that what I’ve just perceived is significant. I don’t know about your little voice, but mine rarely offers more the tiniest view into what is coming.
Sometimes its clear that I will never know for sure if it was my intuition and if it worked (like when the voice tells me to go a different road when I’m driving). I do know I’ve had a time or two that the voice has said, “jump off here” that I didn’t and got stuck in traffic for a couple of hours – no kidding! Well, I give intuition credit for knowing more than I do. And its comforting to realize I’m not alone. Not just that – that I’m not alone and the energy around me is actually on my side!!
So where is this taking us? To a place of slowing down and having faith in something besides ourselves. As leaders, we all know that slowing down helps us catch mistakes, separate the churn into definable streams and have enough energy to be up for the marathon of leadership. It also gives us the opportunity to be aware of coincidence, intuition, or whatever you want to call it. I find it amazing. By the way, I still have to shush the corporate voice in my head. She thinks its nonsense. I believe she is wrong.