Professional Feature: Intuition


About The Professional Feature 'Intuition'

What makes you ask for an answer during a job interview? How is it possible that you know that something is wrong with the story of a customer? Why don't you decide to accept an offer from a new employer while it looks great on paper? With all major and minor decisions that we make every day, intuition plays a role to a greater or lesser extent.

What is intuition?

- You are a manager and you conduct an animated job interview with a suitable candidate on paper. During the interview you suddenly get the feeling that something is wrong with the story of your applicant. You keep asking questions and it appears that he has stopped his university studies in time and has no diploma at all.
- You are unemployed and have been looking for a job for a long time. You will finally receive an invitation for a job interview. After the interview you will be offered an employment contract. The salary is fine, as are the secondary employment conditions. Yet you've an uncomfortable feeling. You decide not to accept the job, even if you don't know if anything will happen soon.
- You have a very nice job with a good salary and excellent employment conditions. You can also get along well with your colleagues and a promotion is in the offing. Then you get a new job offered at another company and your feeling immediately tells you to do it.
- The new employee turns out not to be as nice as you initially thought. He is moody and often calls privately. He is still in his trial period and you can tell him so that he doesn't have to come back the next day. Your feeling says that something is wrong. You decide to have a conversation with him and then he reluctantly tells you that his girlfriend had a miscarriage for the second time.

The word intuition comes from Latin and literally means "inner knowing. " It is the ability to assess situations and make decisions (very quickly). Intuition helps you to include in a good way with others to danger to estimate, decisions, solutions to conceive, complex situations incalculable, creative being and vision development.

Some say it's something happens or someone makes a statement and your brain quickly scans a person or situation and compares that information with previously stored feelings and experiences, resulting in a 'gut feeling'.

So intuition comes from experience and knowledge that you've already stored somewhere in your unconscious. In your adaptive consciousness to be precise. You can see this part of your brain as a large computer that processes a lot of new data quickly and silently and links this to previously acquired information. Therefore, intuition is not a congenital talent, it's a capacity that arises after gaining many learning experiences. So you can say that your intuition improves the better your internal database is filled.

Improve intuition

If you as a professional want to learn to apply your intuition better, it's first of all important to be open to your intuition. Being intuitive is mainly a matter of letting go of the control that you are used to by approaching matters with your mind. Die-hard thinkers who claim that intuition is only for women and goat wool socks types are wrong. Intuition is - just like analytical thinking - a mental process, only the route to insight is different. Whereas with the analytical thinking process you put everything together in a conscious, careful and organized way, with intuitive thinking you do this unconsciously, spontaneously and associatively.. Intuition and analysis seem to be opposites, but in fact they complement each other. Intuition without factual data is only gambling. You need your ratio and intuition to function well in today's fast-changing world. Innovation and innovation only arise if you use both your left hemisphere - that of logical thinking - and your right hemisphere where imagination and imagination are located. Try to feel more, think less, and trust your innate ability to know things without knowing why. Uncertainty stands in the way of intuition. Learn to trust yourself. For this it's important to have self-knowledge.


If you want to (learn to) use your intuition properly, you will need to know how you work and in what way intuition works for you. You can also have an unpleasant feeling in your stomach as a result of fear or distorted or nasty memories. The aversion you've to your boss 's secretary from your very first day at work may, for example, have everything to do with the fact that she only has the same name as that annoying girl who used to bully you. Your feeling that someone can't be trusted can be caused because they look like someone who has deceived you before. You then confuse feeling / emotion with intuition. It is good to be aware of this to prevent misinterpretations. So be aware of your thinking: where do your thoughts come from? Do they stem from emotions such as fear? In this way you learn to recognize your thoughts and blockages and you can increasingly distinguish between facts, ideas, emotions, adopted opinions and their interpretations. As you increase your awareness, you can further develop your intuition and use it more professionally.

Concrete tips to improve your intuition

To develop intuition, it's important to constantly reflect on your professional actions with focus. By being attentive and practicing, you develop your intuitive abilities better and better.

- Talk to your supervisor or other expert in your organization and ask them how they make decisions and to what extent intuition plays a role. On what basis do they come to conclusions? Why do they act the way they do? Tips from them increase your own insight and capacity for action.
- Keep an intuition diary in which you write observations, spontaneous inspirations and thoughts. By consciously reflecting on your own way of making choices and acting, you gain more insight into your personal style.
- Take a moment at the end of the day to look back at what you've done and what you've experienced? In which situations did you end up? What decisions have you made? At what moments did you use your intuition? By reflecting on the moments when you've made an intuitive decision, you learn to recognize the signals of your intuition. If you end up in such a situation again, your intuition will remind you of all those previous times. And then at some point you dare to be guided by your intuition.

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