Intuition: The Entrepreneur's Secret Weapon

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"The intellect has little to do onrepparttar 117120 road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, andrepparttar 117121 solution comes to you, and you don't know how or why." - Albert Einstein

I rememberrepparttar 117122 first time a boss asked me, "What's your gut feeling?" Before I was a coach, I was a social worker, atrepparttar 117123 time employed byrepparttar 117124 state of Idaho inrepparttar 117125 child protective services department. This wasrepparttar 117126 first time someone had asked me to include my "gut" or intuition in my decision making process. As I began to use my intuition, I noticed that it was usually dead-on right. My intuition allowed me to know things that my rational mind couldn't.

As an entrepreneur, your intuition is your secret weapon. Entrepreneurship requires risk taking, not to mention frequent forays intorepparttar 117127 unruly jungle ofrepparttar 117128 unknown. Not knowing where your next paycheck is coming from, putting your ideas out into world, and facing "make it or break it" decisions on a regular basis are all situations entrepreneurs face. Developing your intuition is critical to your entrepreneurial success. Sometimes it's all you've got.

What is intuition?

Intuition is simply knowing something without knowing exactly how you know it. In other words, intuition is a form of inner guidance. Connect back to a time that you had a "gut feeling" about something -repparttar 117129 job that you knew you shouldn't take, even though it looked good onrepparttar 117130 surface, or a relationship that just felt right for you. That's your intuition talking to you.

When I talk about intuition, clients often ask, "How do I tellrepparttar 117131 difference between my intuition andrepparttar 117132 other voices in my head?" Oftenrepparttar 117133 "other voices" arerepparttar 117134 loud-mouthed opinions ofrepparttar 117135 inner critic. For those of you who aren't familiar withrepparttar 117136 term "inner critic", it'srepparttar 117137 voice that says "What a stupid idea. No one is going to take you seriously." Or "You just maderepparttar 117138 biggest fool of yourself. Now everyone will know that you are a fraud." In contrast, intuition feels like a gentle internal nudge. It doesn't feel bad because it's not based in fear or judgment.

How do I hone my intuition?

Listen, practice and trust. Because intuition is largely intangible - it can't be seen, felt or heard in a concrete sense - it works better when you trust it. Intuition and your faith in it are closely tied together. You must first trust your intuition before you seerepparttar 117139 results of it in your life. So often, we want guarantees or tangible evidence before we trust. Believe me, once you start incorporating your intuition into your business and personal life, you'll never go back! It's one ofrepparttar 117140 most valuable skills in an entrepreneur's tool kit. We all have it, and many of us even hear its message, and still we dismiss it. How many times have you thought, "Something kept telling me that wasrepparttar 117141 wrong decision to make. But I made it anyway because intellectually it made sense."

Give Your Business A Gift

Written by Claudette Rowley

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Give Your Business A Gift Claudette Rowley Copyright 2002

"I challenge you not to get lost in your own growth -repparttar 117119 purpose of your transformation is to radiate your gifts inrepparttar 117120 service of others."

- Kevin Cashman

We each arrive in this world bearing a set of gifts that is uniquely ours. I invite you to take a look at gifts that don't require wrapping -repparttar 117121 ones that are innately yours.

How do gifts relate to entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship is an act of capitalizing onrepparttar 117122 ways in which we are gifted. At its finest, entrepreneurship asks us to capture that which we dorepparttar 117123 best, harness it and put it out intorepparttar 117124 world in some form or fashion.

I'm convinced that fully acknowledging your gifts - to yourself, first and foremost - will catapult your business and your life into bold new arenas. Here's why: When you don't acknowledge your gift of, for example, building businesses or transforming houses or connecting people, you hold back from full self expression. When you don't acknowledge your gifts, you can't capitalize on your innate human resources. YOU are your business' most valuable resource.

What stops us from taking full advantage of our gifts?

* Judgment. Judgment isrepparttar 117125 number one wet blanket. Just as your gift starts to burn brightly, judgment comes along and throws a heavy blanket overrepparttar 117126 flame. In our world, it's perfectly acceptable to wax at length about our failings, misfortunes and weaknesses. We rarely speak openly about our gifts and accomplishments without qualifying them. "Well, I guess I am an okay painter. But it's just a little hobby, and Betsy is much better."

We are taught not to "brag". How did tellingrepparttar 117127 truth about oneself becomerepparttar 117128 equivalent of bragging? And because we are so afraid of being "full of ourselves", we don't even admitrepparttar 117129 significance of our gifts to ourselves.

Judgment can also surface inrepparttar 117130 form of rules about your talents. For example, "I am gifted in this way, but not in that way. I should be gifted in that way." "Well, I do have a gift, but it's not good enough." As if some gifts are legitimate and some aren't. Environment can also play a big part inrepparttar 117131 perception of your gift's legitimacy. In some families, being a talented businessperson is honored and being of an artistic bent isn't. In some families,repparttar 117132 reverse is true.

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