5 Ways to Tap into Your Intuition

Logic's great, but it's not always enough.

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Have some decisions to make? Try inviting the less analytical parts of your mind to play a role.

While some people seem to be lacking in analytical abilities altogether—ignoring reality and espousing actions that make no sense whatsoever—many of us perhaps too strictly depend on our logical brains. A little more balance can be useful.

Here are several ways to tap into your intuition, suggested by Francis P. Cholle, an international business consultant who lectures at Wharton and Columbia Business School. In his new book, The Intuitive Compass: Why the Best Decisions Balance Reason and Intuition, Cholle explores how we—both companies and individuals—can better access our creativity.

5 Invitations to Intuition

1. Revisit your perspective and perceptions. Look at a famous painting that's familiar to you and see if you can alter your perception of reality and bring forth something unexpected.

2. Get comfortable with the part of life that is not logical. Don't ignore ideas that seem paradoxical or out of context. Paying attention to them may lead you to a deeper understanding of the non-obvious.

3. Accept that YOU are not in control. Don't try to shut down your uncomfortable emotions. You will return to a state of balance as those emotions evolve on their own.

4. Relax and practice noticing. Pay attention to your breathing while doing nothing else. Be mindful during an ordinary event, such as eating breakfast, then later record the sensations and thoughts that arose.

5. Sharpen your ability to notice through careful listening. Decide on an area about which you'd like to get insights. Adopt a listening posture (explained fully in the book) in which you relax and listen for five minutes, wherever you are. When you open your eyes, write down your ideas.

These exercises need to be practiced and perhaps adapted to your particular needs. Do them anywhere, anytime, to help quiet your busy mind and let your deeper creativity bubble up.

Copyright (c) by Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., author of Kylie's Heel