Our Intuition and Instincts are our Friends

Written by Ellen Zucker

Sayrepparttar word intuition, and some will cringe. It sounds too new-age, too touchy-feely. And its close cousin, instinct, sounds animalistic.

Western culture tends to denigrate information that comes to us through means other than logic, reason and analysis.

Yet, intuition and instinct can save us from hassle and heartache, lead us to happiness, even save our lives.

Here's a real life example.

A number of years ago I was driving in Manhattan on a Saturday night. The light was green. I was crossing Second Avenue, when out ofrepparttar 142653 corner of my eye I saw a car approachingrepparttar 142654 intersection from my left running his red light.

I had about a quarter of a second before impact. There was no time for to think, no time for fear. only time to act.

I gunnedrepparttar 142655 gas.


My car was lifted intorepparttar 142656 air, spinning as I was jerked around as if I were in a crazy carnival ride.

The impact was onrepparttar 142657 left side,repparttar 142658 driver's side ofrepparttar 142659 car. I was inrepparttar 142660 middIe ofrepparttar 142661 intersection when I feltrepparttar 142662 impact.

I sawrepparttar 142663 driver's side window dissolve. The impact was so great that when I landed,repparttar 142664 car was onrepparttar 142665 sidewalk facing intorepparttar 142666 street. Its back was just inches away fromrepparttar 142667 traffic light.

My car was totaled butrepparttar 142668 seatbelt held firm. I walked out with nothing more than a few minor scratches.

When I gunnedrepparttar 142669 gas, my car advanced just enough sorepparttar 142670 other vehicle hitrepparttar 142671 rear passenger seats and notrepparttar 142672 driver's seat.

That action saved me from, at minimum, serious physical injury.

It was an action of sheer instinct - coming fromrepparttar 142673 “right side ofrepparttar 142674 brain.”

From time to time we are all called to make snap judgments, we have all gotten a bad feeling about a person, a situation.

We've all utteredrepparttar 142675 phrase, “I can't put my finger on it, but …” And more often than not, later on, our apprehensions are confirmed by events.

That is our intuition talking.

So ... Are you listening?

Your ability to size up people in a first impression is, in part,repparttar 142676 result of your taking inrepparttar 142677 person's body language, dress and demeanor on an unconscious level. Although I think there is more to it than that,repparttar 142678 question of what makes up intuition is beyondrepparttar 142679 scope of this article.

The Process of 'Vivid Thinking' Which Makes Success Certain! - Part 1

Written by Jason Katzenback

The Process of “Vivid Thinking” Which Makes Success Certain” - Part 1 by: Jason Katzenback

Some principles are so simple that we often overlook their significance. For instance, success is lack of failure; each failure is due to some mistake; each mis­take in action originates in some mistake in thinking. To change from failure to suc­cess, it is necessary to develop those processes of thought which prevent mis­takes, and which lead to success.

There is a process of success. It is a dual process. The first step is vivid imaging in thinking. It isrepparttar subject of this chap­ter. The second step is idealized doing. It isrepparttar 142652 subject ofrepparttar 142653 next chapter. This dual process-vivid imaging and idealized doing -guarantees success. You have often been told that success comes torepparttar 142654 man who "uses his brain"- that is, torepparttar 142655 man who thinks. But mere thinking will not prevent him from making mistakes; neither will purposeful thinking, nor well thought out plans.

Thinking in vivid images isrepparttar 142656 only process which always prevents mistakes.

Even great experts make mistakes when they fail to think in vivid images.

The great Quebec Bridge fell down inrepparttar 142657 process of construction. Allrepparttar 142658 factors de­termining its construction had been given careful thought by great engineers. There had been months of exact figuring and cal­culation of stresses and strains. Certainly,repparttar 142659 engineers and constructors did not in­tend it to collapse, delay their work, injure their reputation as bridge builders, and cause loss of life.

Yet, it did collapse, and hence someone- evidently many engineers - made some serious mistake in thinking, overlooking some important factor. Can such mistakes in examining a plan-no matter what it is -be prevented? Can they always be pre­vented?

As you studyrepparttar 142660 failure ofrepparttar 142661 noted en­gineers who plannedrepparttar 142662 Quebec Bridge, andrepparttar 142663 colossal blunder ofrepparttar 142664 great engineers who planned two ofrepparttar 142665 subways of New York City, you will be convinced thatrepparttar 142666 most expert and careful thinking about a plan, andrepparttar 142667 most exact examination of it, do not guarantee success nor prevent fail­ure. You will also be convinced that noth­ing but vivid images can prevent such fail­ures.

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