Working by intuition is so much more fun, it also easier and less time consuming than trying to force solutions, set rigid goals and desperately try to make things happen.

For instance, many years ago, I used to place high school exchange students who were on a ten-month program into voluntary host families. There were always many eager students to place and what looked like a drought of willing host families.

It was a challenge to relax and follow my intuition as my mind would panic with (what seemed) logical thinking that there would never be enough families for all the students and that I would have to work day and night to place them.

I had much better success when I took a relaxed morning walk around the lake and allowed my intuition to guide me. Ideas and names of people would come to me throughout the day.

When I followed each step along the way and didn’t get into second guessing, it was great.

Intuition: “call Mrs Jones.”

Reasoning mind: “She won’t be interested because she said she was going away.”

Intuition: “Just call.”

After making the call, Mrs Jones couldn’t host but she knew someone else who was interested and gave me her number!

I could never have known that intellectually beforehand.

Using and following intuitive leads for work is such a great way to operate and yet in our western culture we worship the God of logic and reason, data and evidence. It can be a challenge to work in a place where intuition is not valued. Even worse it can be seen as a soft female trait that is to be ridiculed or at best humoured.

It has not always been that way.

Amazing discoveries like those of Einstein have all had an element of intuition in their innovation. Hundreds of years ago science was not separated from the arts and intuition like it is today. They informed each other enormously.

So let us go forth and work intuitively and creatively, and as women take our place in changing the workplace and the world for the better.

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
Albert Einstein

Mandy Galbraith

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