Wake up your intuition

Do you remember Paul? The octopus which functioned as a fortune-teller during the last World Cup in 2010? He predicted the outcome of all German games as well as the final one correctly. A French researcher recommends taking octopus Paul as an example: Octopuses are true masters at making decisions intuitively. We can all learn from oracle Paul how to make decisions. Paul, his brothers and sisters in the oceans of this world are among the most intelligent marine animals. They have nine brains, three hearts and – next to their 1600 acetabula – a sixth sense which helps them to decide quickly and intuitively.

Intuition can be seen as a quick insight, a flash of inspiration, the immediate cognition and apprehension in order to make a (good) decision. It is a talent and some see it as the key element in a creative process to discover and solve a problem.

It is much quicker and at times even surer to use your intuition to make a decision. We tend to believe that a successful decision can only come from intelligence, the right understanding and past experiences, but in reality our brains are able to extract invisible rules that underlie them. This acquired knowledge is characterized by the absence of reason, its immediacy and cannot be translated into words.

“There is guidance available to us at all times,” says Penney Peirce, one of the world’s leading experts on intuition, “just below the surface of our logic, just after we stop pushing and striving, just before we jump to conclusions. By cultivating the ability to pause and be comfortable with silence, and then by focusing steadily and listening for the first sounds or feelings, for the first impressions, you can help your intuition wake up suddenly and enthusiastically, as if from a long winter’s nap.”

So, if in retrospect this mysterious feeling turns out be right, get in touch with it and trust yourself. Sometimes there are no facts to base decisions on. Try to act more like an octopus than like a computer, even though it might be difficult to depend on something that you do not understand. In case of football it certainly seems to work.

By Ann-Kathrin Pankow

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