Being an entrepreneur is hard work — there are so many variables and elements to pay attention to that it can all quickly become overwhelming. In the modern era, executives and decision-makers have started to turn to data and analytics to make sense of this information.
On the surface, that makes a lot of sense. If the numbers are telling you something, you should listen to them, right?
While analytics can be valuable, your gut is another resource that may be just as useful, so you should not ignore it.
When was the last time you listened to your gut instincts? More importantly, when was the last time you ignored them and wound up in a bad situation?
Your intuition exists for a reason. Although I’m not saying that you should trust it implicitly, you should pay attention to it when it stirs. In many cases, it can cut through the noise and give you clarity on a situation.
However, learning to listen to your intuition is not so cut and dry. Here are some tips on how to make this process work for your business:
Practice Makes Perfect
Your gut instincts are the result of years of personal experience. When the mind and the body are out of sync, you can get a bad feeling about it. Perhaps you tense up, or maybe you get butterflies in your stomach. Regardless of the specific reaction, you have to learn how to interpret it.
Sometimes, your gut may be telling you to pump the brakes. In other cases, it may be flashing a warning signal to run away. Both situations are entirely different, so you have to know which is which.
Meditation and mindfulness can help you consult your intuition and hear it more clearly. Another option is to talk it out with someone you trust. If your gut is trying to tell you something, it is never a good idea to ignore it. Instead, let it out and see what is causing the feeling. Over time, you can learn the different signals and let them guide your next step.
Back Up Your Gut With Data
If you are making significant business decisions, it can be hard to get others on board because you “have a hunch.” However, if you have data to back up your previous intuitions, it is far easier to be convincing.
So, next time you turn to your gut for advice, pay attention to the results. For example, if you steered your company into a new market and found success, you can leverage that for next time.
On the flip side, however, don’t ignore warnings that didn’t pan out. Your gut isn’t always the most rational entity, so it can be wrong from time to time. If that does happen, find out why and learn to read the signs better next time.
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