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March 20, 2020

We Have Magical Intuition

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I wanted to remind you to give yourself credit, and introduce you to something magical that we all have. We each have an intuition that has been built up over years and years of experiences. It’s something that has been processing subconsciously our entire lives. While we can’t point at it and access it directly, it actively stores past information that helps us in our decision making and perception. I think we generally have a tough time believing in things that we can’t see or objectively measure, which makes sense, but I want to take a step back and explore the big picture.

After coming upon this realization last week, I wanted to put it to the test. In the hallway at my office, I picked a random point about 30 meters away and told myself I would close my eyes and walk forward until I thought I had reached that point. After walking and upon opening my eyes, I was stunned to find that I was within a foot of the point I had selected.

How is this possible? I think it speaks to the power of the mind. I have had so many past experiences that even though my eyes were closed, my body was still informed about how far to walk, using other cues and references that I seldom rely on. The same goes for alarm clocks. Have you ever woken up a minute before it’s set to go off?

So I’d elaborate and argue, if this phenomenon is working on a psychological level, why can’t it work on other levels? I am a firm believer that our skill-set builds on itself over time, that our ability to learn accelerates with time and experience. You know more than you think you do in your trade, managing a difficult conversation, and making big life decisions, because your intuition can shine through and guide you in the right direction.

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