Running a business is like trying to survive in the jungle; you need good instincts. We’re all born with them, but a lifetime of ignoring them can make them a little dull. Intuition is like a pencil: keep it sharp and it will serve you well. That little voice that warns you when something doesn’t seem right has probably saved you from making a few costly mistakes, but few of us will ever know how much our intuition has helped us along the way. Nonetheless, almost every successful entrepreneur attributes at least some of their achievements to good instincts. Here are some tips that will help you improve yours:
Your intuition often speaks in whispers. If there’s a lot of noise or if you’re busy rushing from task to task, you’ll never hear it. Make sure that you take some time every day to relax and reflect. Even ten minutes each morning will give you enough time to catch your breath and listen to what your instincts are trying to tell you.
Think of your instincts as a trusted friend; if you never listen to them, they’ll stop telling you things. Pay attention to what your intuition is saying and act on it. As you become accustomed to using and trusting your instincts, they will become stronger and louder. Before long, you will find that you’re acting on your instincts without even thinking about it.
Since your intuition comes from your subconscious, if you strengthen your mind, your instincts will also improve. Keep your eyes open to what’s going on around you and read as much as you can. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge base by learning from the mistakes and experiences of others.
As your instincts get better, you will notice times when they guide you towards the right decision. It is important that you recognize and celebrate those accomplishments. By acknowledging the value of your intuition, you trust it more, which will make it even stronger.
As an entrepreneur, you are sometimes forced to make an important decision based on very little information. These are the times when you depend on your instincts to carry you through. Even if you’ve ignored your instincts for years, you can start working on them today. Before long they’ll be guiding you towards smart business decisions and you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them.