By Jared Atchison, co-founder of WPForms.
Do you ever feel stuck when it comes to following your intuition? You're not alone.
Pretty much everyone has an intuitive mind, otherwise known as the ability to understand something without analytic reasoning. Entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Elon Musk have all followed their intuition and have had a quite a bit of success with it. So there is no question that listening to your intuition can help you succeed. Focusing on your intuition is significant to your entrepreneurial victory and having an open dropbox of inner knowledge is a massive time and energy saver.
Let's take a look at how you can use intuition as a secret weapon to growing your business.
Pay Attention to Your Intuition
Successful entrepreneurs often rely on their intuition just as much as their rational minds. They trust and follow their gut feelings and creative hunches that tell them to drop a project if it no longer feels good and persists with a project even if it doesn't look promising first. When I was first learning about WordPress, I knew it was going to be big so I started developing plugins for the platform. As of 2016, 26 percent of U.S. registered domains are run on WordPress and our plugins continue to generate downloads with the platforms' success.
It might be easier to hone your skills for gathering and analyzing metrics to make rational decisions than it is to master listening to your inner voice. But if you're willing to turn inwards and pay attention, you can hear your inner voice waiting to guide you. Tuning into your intuition during troubled times can be difficult. Step away from the situation and be honest with yourself.
Listen to the cues your body gives you. If you pay attention to little details, you may just find your way to answers you never expected.
Understand When to Trust Your Gut
Paying attention to your gut feeling can help you to decide what to avoid and what to pursue. But being overly attached to your gut can even hold you back from growing your business. For example, if you're scared to stretch beyond where you are today, your instinctive way of behaving won't take you in a positive direction. It may encourage you to stay in your comfort zone.
When making a business decision, balance the right and left-hand brain hemispheres so that you can use both your strategy and instinct. Meditation is a great way to achieve a balanced brain.
Improve Your Intuition With Meditation
When your mind is busy, you'll find it hard to tap into your natural intuition. Meditating regularly is the best way to activate your gut instinct in a profound way. It also helps you to get in touch with your higher self and senses. Mindfulness meditation will help you increase your focus and ability to think with a sense of clarity that leads to improved decision-making. Listening to my thoughts until they go away helps me quiet my mind. A meditation instructor once told me to think about it as embarrassing them until they decide to leave your head. This has worked for me. Now, when I have a negative thought pop into my head it feels very out of place.
Besides cognition, meditation helped me improve my quality of sleep, which helped increase my energy throughout your day. It lowered my anxiety and made me calmer. And it quieted my mind, which helped me become more aware of inner hunches.
Follow Your Vision
If you have a vision for your life and business, your instinct will show you what is in alignment with your business and what is not. Craft an encompassing vision so you can use it as a map for years to come. You can create inspiring Pinterest boards, follow people you admire on Instagram or sign up for industry groups to improve your craft.
Remember you're the captain of your own ship, so have the courage to follow your vision. Focus on what's important to you, do what you think is right and then your life and work will be a reflection of what you truly desire.
Successful entrepreneurs often rely on their instincts. It makes them aware of the unforeseen and guides to prevent or triumph over it. Pay attention to your inner voice to understand what it tells you.
Jared Atchison is the co-founder of WPForms, a drag and drop form builder for WordPress that's being used on over 400,000 websites.