Whether you call it instinct, intuition, a gut feeling, a hunch, or a six sense, in summary, it all defines the same thing. A subconscious thought has emerged to help you in your decision making. Your subconscious mind can process incredibly large amounts of data, where the conscious mind can only handle 7 bits of information at a time.
Some of us listen to our gut and some of us don’t. I must confess to every time I did not listen to my gut or intuition. My decision was not in my favor.
The questioning of my intuition has caused me grief, heartache, and financial loss. By disregarding my internal warning system and using my rational decision making. Has never benefited me in any way.
No matter if it was a person who I questioned their character from the start or plainly didn’t like.
To a decision when to tell something hurtful to someone or not. I can pinpoint that exact decision-making process where I avoided my instinct and ignored the uneasy feeling of my decision. When we ignore that red flag warning is when we make bad decisions.
To better understand why you should listen to your gut. Please listen to this entire video.
It helps explain in a condensed form of what NLP teaches about your intuition.
When should we listen to our gut
The fire scenario
- Fast decisions – pick one, getting out of the way
- Irrelevant decisions – has no consequence like what to eat or wear
- repetitive decisions – practiced
- evolutionary decisions – survival instincts
Fast decision making.
Fast decisions come at us daily. Some of us are better at making quick decisions, and some people freeze when confronted with fast response.
I used to work for an owner that would not make any quick decisions at all. Every question or concern need to be emailed the day before and would not be answered in any less timeframe. When a quick choice needed to be made, he would pass that responsibility on too someone else. Then blamed that person for whatever fault he found in that decision. I see that way of management too often.
Whether it be a child, employees or yourself. Stop this way of “passing the buck”.
For Instance, I have come across a lot of young adult and teenagers today, that cannot seem to make quick decisions.
By Making “no” decision is still a decision. A decision to do nothing.
Listen to what Tony Robbins says about decision making below.
Passing the Buck
If everyone passes the decision making onto others, then everyone starts blaming everyone else. So on and so forth to where everyone develops a victim mentality. Because of their unfortunate situation, is the product of someone else’s decision. Their blaming of others is a result of no-self account. Because if I do not make the decision, I do not have to take responsibility.
Teach self-accountability and confidence to stand behind your decisions and their repercussions.
How to Make fast and accurate decisions
In brief, to make fast and accurate decisions, listen to your gut.
Your gut or intuition is your subconscious brain calculating the answer faster than your conscious mind. Based on past personal experiences, second and third-hand information (such as books, lectures, stories, movies, music, etc.), and instinctual survival behavior. This is what your gut or intuition is. A quick cultivated answer by all of the information of your mind.
With training, meditation and mind mapping. A person can organize and train faster shortcuts in their brain to make quicker and more accurate responses.
Populating your mind with various bits of knowledge from multiple sources expands your mind’s capability to make faster-informed decisions. So, in turn, learn more and increase your variety of interests.
In short trust your gut with fast decisions, you will be astonished on how correct you will be.
Also train yourself, children and employees, to listen to their gut. To tell you when something needs your attention fast. Teach your children and teenagers to listen to the instinct to leave an uncomfortable situation.
The faster you can react the safer you will be to assess the situation.
Using Brainstorming, intuition, and reflection.
Mind Mapping is a skill we use here and there without knowing it. Mind Mapping is where a likely scenario based on all of your knowledge populates a kind of mental stimulation. The basic rules are set out like a video game. it is like dreaming but dreaming is more like a movie, where mind mapping is more like playing a video game.
Characters, rules, places, clothes, and reactions are played out to see what various outcomes may happen. Through these simulations, decisions to what to wear, how to act, what to say can be finalized and prepared. Some of us already do this, but you can hone and perfect this tool.
Personally, I have been astonished to how accurate the prediction of my mental simulations has accurately predicted outcomes. not everything runs according to plan but the final result is usually spot on.
Inside these mind mapping simulations, still, like “mental photos” of places or things we do daily can be formed. These “mental images” are made sometimes without your awareness. Your brain automatically makes mental pictures of places or things you do regularly. This helps conserve energy and effort on the mind when you perform repetitious acts. Such as your job, places you frequent, sports and your home.
These mental pictures warn you when something is out of place or wrong within your mind map. We usually experience this the most in our home. When an item is misplaced or out of context. That “wait a minute” feeling comes out as a warning that something is wrong. No matter where you are if you feel this ” wait” moment come upon you. Truly stop what you are doing and assess what is in need of your attention.
This alert is part of your intuition processing information faster than you can process consciously. Alerting you to something, someone or somewhere that warrants your closer inspection.
Irrelevant decision making
Irrelevant decisions are decisions that do not have dire consequences. Like what should I eat for lunch or what should I wear today.
In all honesty, what you wear does hold merit in how people perceive you and how confident you can feel about yourself. But if you are spending too much time picking out what to wear you will drive yourself nuts. I can personally contest to that.
Most of the bad decision-makers that I have encountered all focused on irrelevant problems first, as to not make the important decisions until the irrelevant decisions can be fully resolved.
Which stifles productivity, creativity, and progress.
I choose that, I pick these three, go with this or that. Little things that can be changed easily or interchangeable should not require much thought.
Choose with your gut, then revise if your gut tells you sometimes “off” or wrong.
Using your gut to guide you, allows a flow of creation within your mind.
Rather than stopping or changing the stream of creativity, ride the current to create something unimaginable.
Bad memories or past experiences is not intuition.
A few of us have a tendency to hold on to past experiences a little more than others. I have come across countless failing businesses’ that blamed their outcome due to failed past experiences.
One company I worked for would not carry some tools that my customers were requesting. I researched all the different tools that solved their problem. Then presented to management, the ones I believed we should carry due to their availability, price, and features.
The company’s response was, as always, ” we tried that a long time ago. It did work well for us. We don’t know if enough customers would buy those products”.
My aggravation kept piling up because of them discounting my information and research. I had to pay customers requesting these exact tools. Cash in hand. But the company’s response to that rebuttal was, then have them “pre-pay”. Good customer service states that is you have already set a president about a situation you can not change without repercussion.
Meaning if you allow a customer to buy your items regularly but then change the stipulations when the customer requests an item. The customer will more than likely not purchase that item and will purchase that item through a more convenient way.
What happened then will not happen again unless you let it happen.
As a parent, as an entrepreneur, and as a growing person I have reflected on all my past experience and decisions.
Did I make the right decision though never crosses my mindset? Instead, I focus on what can I learn and what should I keep from my experiences and repercussions I have endured.
Every experience can teach you at least three things.
- What was the outcome of my decision?
- How many people did it affect in total?
- How long was my repercussion from that decision?
So by knowing what happens from your decision allows you to either try to make the same result or it gives reference points to navigate to the same result.
You more than likely can not figure out an outcome that you have not experienced, because your brain cannot know what it does not know.
So stop trying to predict the future or future outcomes. Rather navigate outcomes to meet your desired goal. As Bruce Lee famously quoted “to be like water”, to flow. Water can be hard and strong, strong enough to cut through steel. Yet water is soft enough to clean and fit through the tiniest of cracks. Go with the flow and use your gut to guide you. Not your past experiences, use them to learn when and where to turn to avoid accidents.
Use your successful experience to illuminate opportunities and to maneuver when the time is right.
Don’t let the dog bite you twice – Chuck Berry
Prioritizing your decisions for faster response
From knowing how many people your past decisions affected, allows you to prioritize decisions. If it touched a lot of people, say family or friends. Maybe it changed an entire corporation, or perhaps it affected just yourself.
Each decision must be organized in order of importance.
If not, then procrastination sets in and no decisions are made in a timely manner.
Understanding the importance of the longevity of your decisions.
I could not press the importance more to tell parents this. Share your stories of good and bad conclusions with your children for them to learn. Along with understanding the result of your decisions and knowing the priority of a decision.
Understanding how long the effects of your decisions places a good emphasis on how much reasoning needs to be applied.
If the effect of a decision last only a few minutes or moments, then using your gut to make that decision should be used.
On the other hand, if the decision is to drive after drinking and that repercussion could affect you for years. Then proper reasoning should be applied and your gut should only be taken into consideration if it gives you a sour response.
The ” I feel fine” anthem is voiced away too often with confidence in bars and nightclubs. Full reasoning that alcohol in anyone’s body slows everyone’s reaction time. Hence don’t drive even if you have had a little.
Seeing the relevance of length of time of a conclusion can educate your children, employees and yourself. Understand when your gut should be trusted and when not to be trusted is a conditioned behavior. It must be practiced and refined over time.
Knowing how long the residual fallout of any decision gives yourself, your child or your employee. The empowerment to understand when to ask for help on the decision that has lasting repercussions.
Repetitious decision making
What does repetitious decision making entail and how can I improve on it?
As a martial artist, I constantly am improving repetitious movements of my body. Why? To be faster and more accurate.
Slow is fast and fast is slow, is the motto of a great martial artist.
Practice slow, accurate and steady over a long period of time. That is what it means to create kung fu. To master something is to have great kung fu.
As a martial artist, you practice moves over and over to strengthen, program and train the body. Repetitious acts create fast shortcuts in your neural network.
Allowing faster reaction time and processing.
The same training goes into any hobby, job, sport or trade you may train for. The more you train, study and repeat. The more efficient, faster and knowledgeable you become.
As a result of these repetitive training, decisions become almost instinctual.
Answering problems and concerns with ease and effortlessly. Understanding which everyday decisions you can rely on repetitive gut reactions. Allows you to avoid problems before they occur. Becuase your first choice is usually the right choice.
It is up to you to streamline which decisions are you wasting time on and see if these decisions can be made using your gut.
How to overwrite instinctual behaviors that influence your decision making
Flight or Fight Fear
As I stated before. I practice various martial arts since I was 10 years old, 28 years of practicing some form of martial arts. The reason why I bring that up is that it is very relative to the reprogramming of instinctual behaviors.
The major programming that you learn to overwrite in your mind is the fight or flight experience.
Fight or flight is a rush of emotions, blood, and energy to survive a scenario. Some people go overboard with this experience due to stress, and we end up calling those individuals:
- Going, Postal
- Losing their shit
- Flipping their lid
- Going cray cray
- Being Triggered
Along with learning how to regulate your emotions, breathing techniques and controlling your bodies stress. Controls the mind’s response to extreme stress and duress. Controlling the response allows the brain to assess what answer needs to be applied.
Having the ability to assess situations allows your mind to apply the right pressure, tools, and skills to keep yourself out of harm.
Learn to control and overwrite instinctual behaviors through repetitive acts. Control your fear, emotions, and stress to make better decisions overall.
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