Guided By Instinct
I took a type test this past weekend that classified me as an INFJ (Introvert, Intuitive, Feeler, Judger) and had me shouting, ‘yes!’ from my living room; I felt so understood. Those that know me in a professional setting often remark their surprise when I tell them I’m an introvert. I’ve learned to work with it, and at times against it – pushing myself to network and regularly connect with others.
Some of the other classifications that came along with the typecasting, like ‘intuitive’ are harder for me to incorporate into my job. At times, I don’t have answers for why decisions will work. I just KNOW the direction I want to proceed in, and that logic is hard to translate in the office. When you are in a role that focuses on relationship management, or human dynamics, choices aren’t always cut and dry. Some days, you feel like a certain path should be taken, you proceed in kind, and it all comes together beautifully.
The other day, I was thinking of three separate colleagues whom I needed to touch base with. I wanted to continue conversations with them about various topics, and instead of procrastinating on my outreach, I acted upon it almost as soon as I thought of them. All three of them sent back the same message, “Melanie, I was JUST thinking of you.”
Our minds are phenomenal instruments, and we have yet to grasp the full capability of what they can do. Through instinct can come critically important decisions affecting business. The balance of connecting with other people cannot always be navigated through various strategies or tied to metrics. What adds to this challenge is that there is very little recognition given for this skill in the corporate arena, and communicating to your colleagues about your intuition can be daunting and sometimes poorly received.
Recent studies suggest that our intuition or gut instinct is driven by a subconscious knowing or recognizing of information. Meaning, somewhere deep down, we recognize the information we are processing, we have been faced with a similar situation and we understand the best route to proceed.
The next time you have an instinct for an innovative idea or concept, for improving something things at work, or for reaching out to others, pursue it. Innovation and creative thought cannot be measured in metrics. However, utilizing both as a resource can help us achieve our goals much more quickly. Inspiration is a gift, and as we continue to explore it, neglecting to act on it can be detrimental to our growth, and the growth of a business.