“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Steve Jobs
Intuition is a game changer. To develop and use it you must quiet down, slow down and turn inward. Before deciding, speaking or taking action, listen to yourself. You might ask, “Why so much emphasis on slowing down?” It give you time to listen to yourself – your gut instincts. The right answer is there and more often than not it is felt. Whether you’re closing a sale, negotiating a deal or deciding if you should hire someone, the ultimate answer will come through your ability to trust yourself. Facts, statistics, resumes and smooth talkers can impress; influence and point you in the wrong direction. However, if you are consciously present and aware of your feelings it can override the external parade of showmanship and lead you to make the right decision. Therefore, trust yourself. That doesn’t mean don’t seek expert advice, suggestions or opinions from others. It means that overtime you will develop a sense of internal knowing that gives you the confidence, after you have listened to others, to place as much emphasis on your instincts as you do on the experts.