4 Ways to Help You Trust Your Instincts in Business

As a female entrepreneur, I place a lot of value on what my instinct tells me. If something doesn't inherently feel right from the get-go, I have no problem taking things in another direction. This doesn't happen immediately though for a lot of people. Fortunately, it's something that we can teach ourselves!

In fact, it's taken me a LONG time to realize that my intuition will tell me if something is right for me within the instant that I begin thinking about it. 

It's my mind, however, that tries to rationalize even the worst-suited situations to help me adapt to what may arrive. 

Here are 4 tricks you can work on that will help you fine-tune your own connection with your intuition so that you won't waste any more time on ill-suited clients or poor business judgements. 

4 Ways to Help You Trust Your Instincts in Business

1. Take that little voice that says "yes" or "no" and turn it from a whisper to a strongly-resounding yell.

You all know what I'm talking about by "that little voice!" It's the voice in our heads that tries to nudge us in the right direction when we're faced with a decision to make. When we know we should go one way, but we feel pressured to go the other way. Learn to stop for just a second each time you are faced with a new decision and try to really tune in to this voice and listen to what your intuition is telling you. More often than not, it will give you the right answer and you'll be happy you went along with it rather than kicking yourself and thinking, I should have paid attention to my gut feeling! 

2. Start small (with basic things, at the store, with friends' suggestions, etc.)

A little exercise that really works with getting in touch with your intuition is playing Heads or Tails. Seriously! If you've ever done this, you know what I'm talking about.

Say, for example, you're faced with a decision - maybe you're shopping for a new jacket, and you find two that you love but you know you can only buy one. If you have a friend or someone else with you, tell them that you will flip a coin. If it's heads, you must get one jacket, and if it's tails, you'll get the other. Almost certainly, the feeling that arrive just at the moment that the coin is flipped and the image that comes up will determine how you truly feel! If you feel a pang of regret at not having the other choice, you'll know that you really wanted the other choice. If you feel a tad bit disappointed at the outcome, you'll know that it's not really that one that you wanted! 

3. Be confident that by saying 'No' to a poor-fitting client will turn into other open doors to your ideal clients.

When it comes to you and your business or the services you're offering (whether you have your own full-fledged business or you work as a freelancer) it can be difficult to learn to say 'No' to certain people who are interested in your work. On the contrary, we may want to work with anyone and everyone who walks through our door (or our Contact Page on our websites!), but down the line we may be kicking ourselves because it just wasn't a good business fit between the two parties.

Sadly, learning to say 'No' to certain potential clients only comes after one too many bad experiences, but if you can start learning to trust your instincts before these sub-par experiences, it just may save you time and energy, and it will keep you more open and available to more well-suited client experiences!

4. Reflect on times when you refused to listen to your intuition and examine how and why things went awry.

I'm sure you have a few situations in mind when you knew something was up, but you decided to charge full-on ahead despite everything (we all do, don't worry!). Take some time to reflect on these situations when you refused to listen to your intuition and examine how and why things went awry. Maybe write them down in your journal and describe in great detail all the signs that your mind was telling you to bypass instead of stopping to go instead in the right direction. By really getting to the root of these situations, you will begin to understand your intuition more and you may even begin to notice a pattern between different circumstances.

Journal and reflect on your thoughts. By recording these things, you will be more in tune with your intuition and what things will be better and worse for you and the business and life you're creating!

  • When is the exact time that you knew you should take another direction?
  • What feelings made you decide to pass over your initial instincts?
  • Can you visualize yourself in the future taking that moment to listen to your intuition? How will you act differently? What will then happen as a result?

Learn to use your intuition as your secret weapon in business and in life! It will help you heaps down the line and you will feel so comfortable and confident knowing that it's looking out for you!

What helps you in learning to listen to and trust your instincts when it comes to your business? What are some learning curves that helped you get there?

Stay cool, stay creative my dears,
Alex

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