Intuitive decision-making: what you need to know — Inner Life Coaching

The Benefits of Intuitive Decision-Making:

  • Speed — in complex and dynamically changing situations with high stakes, you can rely on your intuition for wise decisions.
  • Your intuition can provide profound wisdom and intelligence. Rational decision-making is sequential, following a series of steps. You analyse the facts and figures and then rely on the conscious part of the brain to come up with the most appropriate decision. Your intuition can see beyond these facts and figures.
  • This results in greater possibilities for creativity and thinking outside the box.
  • Of course, your intuition is built on trust and self-awareness; it aligns with your core values and sense of purpose.
  • Because it relies on your emotional intelligence, it helps you read the room and build stronger relationships.

Intuitive decision-making is not rational, emotional or random.

How to hone your decision-making skills:

Experience and knowledge:

Networks and relationships

  • Self-awareness is your ability to notice your emotional state, triggers and responses.
  • Self-management is essential if you want to sit quietly and tap into your intuition, despite whatever is happening around you. Can you bring yourself back to inner calm? How do you direct and use your emotional energy to get the best outcome?
  • Social awareness is your ability to read the room. This is a powerful tool of intuition, and it comes with experience and knowledge.
  • Relationship management is how you build your network, including with people who have opposing interests or conflicts of resources. Can you build great relationships with those you are competing with and maximise cooperation?

Learning to listen to the still, small voice of intuition

Some simple tools when you are consciously competent:

  1. The 37% rule is an excellent tool for decision-making and will help you hone your intuitive skills. The premise is simple: use thirty-seven per cent of your available time to explore options and study all the possibilities without making any choice or decision. Set your benchmarks and standards during this time. Spend time learning what works and doesn’t — what do you like or dislike? Once you’ve invested this time and energy, choose the first option that meets your criteria.
  2. Choose satisficing, rather than maximising, when making decisions: Satisficing contrasts with maximising — where you aim to maximise all of the benefits, and instead, you choose the option that meets all minimum requirements. Attempting to get the best of all may lead you not to choose at all, whereas if you have clarity on what will satisfy you and suffice, you may reach a better decision.
  3. Tap into your subconscious by “sleeping on it”. Do your study and analysis the night before. Write down in a journal a short list of questions that you would like your subconscious to address overnight. Don’t overthink the questions as you go to sleep; you are not meant to lie in bed analysing and dissecting all the angles. Instead, relax and trust all the parts of your mind to integrate the information for you. When you wake up, take a moment to sit down and (without overthinking) write down the first answers and thoughts that come to mind on the questions you asked. Notice what you noticed and the different perspectives this brings.

When to make the best decisions:

Risk tolerance — the impact of hunger on your intuition!

Intuitive Decision-Making — what you need to remember:

Generative wisdom in making personal decisions:

Excellence in your profession, career and business:



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Beth Gray

Beth Gray


blogger, coach, and international law consultant. Writing about faith, growth, transformation & change.