Perhaps among the greatest gifts that we have out our disposal is the power of being intuitive. While logic and calculated decisions wind our clocks in the industrial realm, we often fail to understand the fact that on critical aspects our gut feel guides us seamlessly. CodeForce 360 has observed that many key decisions in multiple industries such as consultancy, IT, healthcare etc. going with a gut feeling has helped professionals clinch a deal or launch a product that made their company millions.
As you may have already understood, going with your gut can come at a cost. It’s not as direct as a coin toss relying on plain chance but doesn’t necessarily guarantee a favourable result.
In this article, CodeForce 360 explains the factors complementing the gamble of going with your gut feel, the importance and essence of one’s instinct and certain key factors that help individuals make decisions through quintessential “emotional” intelligence.
Difference between flipping a coin and going with your gut?
Not many realize that flipping a coin is a gamble defined. By flipping a coin, you’re not just wiping out an attempt at reasoning your way to a decision but leaving the outcome to pure chance.
Going with your gut is a completely different phenomenon. Intuition is the power of making decisions out of assessing a situation without concrete reasoning but banking on previous experience and knowledge. While trusting your instincts sounds “cool”, it isn’t complete without certain factors which it thrives on:
1. Knowledge: This plays a pivotal role in turning tides in your favour when going with your gut. Your knowledge may not help you reason logically but helps you assess certain conditions which define a particular scenario or problem.
2. Practice: It takes past success to be able to develop an instinct. That’s what differentiates an intuitive individual from an over-the-top gambler.
• Example: Military Snipers are trained to take shots from daunting distances by considering multiple factors associated with ballistics, wind dynamics and more. Sometimes a battle-hardened sniper may not be able to make those calculations due to multiple obstacles, fatigue or even a volatile environment which could determine the outcome, so the Sniper trusts his instincts after making a brief assessment and pulling the trigger. Note that the Sniper was able to trust his instincts based on experience gained through numerous deployments and experience gained in the process.
While logical thinking and reasoning, as mentioned before, seem to keep the clock ticking in today’s competitive industries, the true power of emotional intelligence is being unleashed yet misunderstood.
This is the type of intelligence that distinguishes the lobotomous from the instinctive, the explicitly logical from the curious observer and the monotonous from the creative. CodeForce 360 believes that emotional intelligence is a gift that helps individuals manage the challenges of industrial performance and human relations that turns tides in their favour. It’s the type of intelligence which adds a rarely seen and delightful “sentience” to the static hum of one’s professional life.
But how does one develop emotional intelligence? All it takes is a set of factors that help build it, step-by-step:
1. Targets: The first step towards being emotionally intelligent and developing a sense of intuition. Without a destination, there is simply no path and this applies a lot to your professional career. Having an idea of what you want to achieve helps you tune yourself, develop the necessary skills and set you on the that path to success. Moreover, once on the path, you can differentiate between what’s best for you what’s not, essential traits that you must develop and possess along with experience gained which helps you harness your intuitive thinking.
2. Being alert and aware: Being alert and aware of what you’re up to keeps you aware of the stakes in critical scenarios, gives you an idea of what to expect, helps you live in the moment and buys you that window to observe and act accordingly. Being alert also helps you read those tender nuances which many individuals tend to ignore.
3. Observing patterns and understanding signs: Sounds paranoid and delusional? Definitely not. This doesn’t mean that you have to keep a crystal ball on your desk! Observing patterns could mean anything; right from keeping an eye on the turn of events during a tough day at work, to realizing the essence of your dreams and picking up certain signs that help you stay alert and focussed. While having an intellectual curiosity in this helps you stay sharp, dreams often tell you about the things that we pick up subconsciously. Taking these factors seriously and being equally rational in the amount of importance given to them helps you develop that emotional intelligence that helps you in your profession.
Going with your gut
According to CodeForce 360, professionals across all industries must understand the value of instinct. While logic determines outputs, instinct helps resolve situations that logic cannot solve. While instinct and emotional intelligence are important, one must also understand that possessing this sentience is far different from gambling. So far our professional career seems to thrive on numbers, laws and specifics but there will come situations where your experience and knowledge will help you go with your gut!