What is Intuition?

"Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data."

--John Naisbitt

It's an immediate knowledge, a cognition. Knowing something is true or important without prior knowledge.

Trusting your gut.

At this point today I have spent the majority of my time on the computer, writing a newsletter. Did I intend to do that? No. I always think that I can accomplish this task in a short hour or two. The thing is, even though I have a layout planned, I trust my intuition to tell me that what needs to be added or subtracted to make this a valuable and enjoyable read. I sort thru my notes and know what to leave behind and what to expand on and follow.

Even though I am scolded by many professional writers and editors, I persist in being an impromptu writer. I write what comes to me on the fly. There is usually a thread that runs thru my writing from article to article. Today it is moving on. My friend is moving on. Color charts are moving on to new palettes, and new books are websites are available daily. (I still have 6 new books yet to read, but I'd like to add  the new one I found today!)

How do we sort out the clamor of life around us? As John Nesbit says, intuition. I was feeling slightly overwhelmed by it all and wondering which way to go in my work, when I found a little exercise I wrote down in my notebook. Here it is.

How to Cultivate Your Intuition:

  1. Look for Patterns. What do your observations have in common?
  2. Look for 3 Instances.  If you hear three references to something this could indicate a potential opportunity for you.
  3. Check it Out. If it catches your attention, go a little deeper.
  4. Be Patient. Ideas often need time to unfold. "Back Burner" them in your mind.

Sorry, I don't know where it came from as I didn't make a note of that, but I think it is valuable enough to pass on. Take the time to listen to your intuition and see where it leads you. It might take you 1400 miles from where you are now, or just into the next day. It all works.


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