Throughout our lifetimes we constantly have to make decisions both personal and professional. Some of our decisions are based on facts, some on emotions and some on what is often called our ‘gut feeling’. Interestingly enough there is a brain-gut connection so we do make decisions based on what our brain tells us to do and also what our ‘gut’ tells us to do.
We also use our ‘intuition’ which is often referred to as ‘hunches’ to make decisions. According to a variety of sources intuition is described as:
- The act by which the mind perceives the agreement or disagreement of two ideas
- Quick and ready insight
- The act or process of coming to direct knowledge without reasoning or inferring
- A way of knowing, of sensing the truth without explanations
- Intuitive messages often do not come with any logical reasoning to support them
- Hunches acquired by listening to your inner dialogue
As an entrepreneurial home stager, you will be faced with many decisions in your business and your personal life that will contribute to your success.
So before you make any decisions ask yourself if it is the right decision for you at this time. Base your decision on facts and what your intuition tells you.
1. What are the facts that support you in this decision?
This is where your logical mind comes into play. Do up a Contrast Sheet where you put your objective at the top of the page and create a column for the PROs and the CONs of this decision. When you do this exercise you will quickly see which is the better decision. Then just do to another check, use your intuition to see if this ‘feels right’ for you. If not, dig deeper because just one idea on the PRO side may outweigh all the other reasons on the CON side.
2. Use your intuitive mind to assist with your decision.
All of us are born with ‘intuitive muscles’ but most of us do not use them until we realize what they are! A technique that can help you develop those muscles is by being quiet, sit with your dilemma, and just allow ideas to pop up into your mind. They often seem ludicrous when they first come to us, but over time, they may be exactly the answer that you are looking for.
3. Notice if you are making a ‘FEAR-based’ decision.
All ‘fear-based’ decisions are negative and based on lack of some kind. As a small business owner you will find that your business goes up and down. And the down usually means that money is not flowing abundantly as you would like. You may decide to do a job just for the money even though everything in your gut is saying you do not want to do it but…but…but… You might be working with a client or a partner who is just not a fit for you but…but…but… Listen to these thoughts in your mind and make your decisions based on what feels good to you.