The best decision making involves three elements–logic, common sense and intuition.
Most decision making involves weighing the pros and cons related to possible outcomes. While this involves both logic and common sense it fails to consider the most critical factor-intuition.
Insight, Instinct or Intuition. Call it what you will but without involving the natural ability of our minds and bodies to indicate what’s most important we fail to honor who we are. Intuition is the barometer for what feels right and what we know without knowing why we know.
Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, examines how choices can be made in an instant and why the best decisions are often those that are unexplainable to others.
Here are five things to practice if you want to add insight to your decision making:
- If you regularly make a pros and cons list, practice adding a third column labeled “what I know” to prompt your inner knowing.
- Give yourself permission to practice and to be wrong. Information overload can easily confuse a feeling or message.
- Carve out quiet time. Meditation sounds like work but ten minutes of quiet, non-activity time sounds like relief. Release the pressure to quiet your mind.
- Practice being present rather than trying to quiet your mind. This practice works well while you’re performing a mundane task.
- Don’t dismiss anything you feel or hear or see or smell. Notice what comes up first. Take note of it–write down any images that flash. Ask for more clarity. Become a student.