Intuition is frequently dismissed as mystical or unreliable. In reality, it’s one of the most powerful decision-making tools at your disposal.
Here are a few ways to learn to go with your gut:
Distinguish your gut feeling from fear.
Am I tempted to make this decision to avoid a threat, rejection, or punishment?
Or do I feel excited, at ease, and content with the choice at hand?
Find small ways to take quick, decisive actions. Raise your hand and speak up in a meeting without censoring yourself. Choose an outfit that calls to you without weighing too many variables. By starting small, you mitigate feelings of overwhelm and can gradually step your way up to larger, higher pressure decisions with greater self-trust.
Try the snap judgment test.
On a piece of paper, write a question you’re struggling with, such as, “Will accepting the promotion make me happy?”
Then write “yes or no” below the question and walk away. After a few hours, or the next morning, come back to the paper and immediately circle the answer that feels right to you.
Fall back on your values.
The next time you find yourself unable to make a decision, ask yourself, “Which action brings me closer to my core values?” You can avoid mental loops by aligning your choices with what most matters to you.
This blog was inspired by the article “How to Stop Overthinking and Start Trusting Your Gut,” by Melody Wilding
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