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The Truth About Intuition Published: Sunday, March 24, 2002 By: Dr. Manuel Ángel Morales

Intuition can be practical and effortless for anyone. Once you understand more about the nature of intuition, you will know what you have to do to bring it into your life. We are referring to a gift that must be developed. Because experience with intuition so often seems to come out of nowhere, you may assume that is strictly a sometime thing, a matter of come-and-go lightining. It is equally easy to assume that intuition is the providence of the gifted few, or less charitable, of nerds-that is an innate talent that you either have or don’t have. Not so.

As a quality of essence, intuition is a skill (capacity of making good decisions with incomplete information) that everyone can develop. Blaise Pascal, the great French philosopher, mathematician and physicist said that we know the truth, not only by reason but also by the heart. The great psychologist Carl Jung expressed that intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something that complements reason. Jonas Salk the discoverer of the polio vaccine made the strong argument that we should trust our intuition. He said that principles of universal evolution and wisdom were revealed to human beings though our intuition. His point was that if we combine intuition with reason, we can respond in an evolutionary and wise sound way to our problems.

In business the stories are many. Andrew Carnegie carried a deck of cards and played solitaire to calm his mind before making decisions. And when Conrad Hilton was bidding for the Stevens Hotel in Chicago, a number popped into his head. He used the number and purchased the world’s largest hotels with a bid that won by just two hundred dollars.

John Mihalasky and E. Douglas Dean at the New Jersey Institute of Technology found that 80% of those company leaders who had doubled their companies’ profits in a five years period had above-average pre-cognitive intuition capabilities. And when Weston Agor at the University of Texas applied a test for intuitive ability to over two thousand managers he found that top managers scored higher than others.

Intuition demands action. If you don’t follow through your decision, idea or project dies. Again creative success is business, and in other realms of life, requires intuition, reason and hard work. Intuition is about no fear of making mistakes and dealing with the Y in the road. You think for a minute. If you instinct doesn’t tell you which way to go, don’t stay there paralyzed. Make a decision that can go the wrong way or the right way. Whatever happens this is the nature of a learning experience. The only requirement is not to recycle mistakes.

Living with yes/no develops a positive attitude about change. Procrastinating about decisions because of fear of making mistakes is really an attempt to avoid change. Passion for change characterizes successful people, even the change that comes from what others might think of as mistake…


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