Using your instincts at work is about empowerment! Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? You are the master of your own life; no one else to blame for. Trust your instincts. They’ll take you places your mind never even imagined.
Since the beginning of this New Year 2012, I was writing about quantum physics and business research to explore the correlation between the science of consciousness and patterns in the business world, to suggest innovative ways of using this wisdom to lead and succeed in a business environment that is constantly evolving at a rapid pace. In the last article, I specifically discussed the usefulness of utilizing our instincts in making decisions that align our personal and organizational values and lead to our desired outcomes.
This week, I will continue that discussion and write more on how we can use our instincts to succeed at work. Success at work (and in life) often involves using our instincts and mind-body connection. Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. You can have all the courage in the world, but it’s useless if you don’t know what you want out of your job and life! And, here are six steps (in no specific order) to tuning in to your inner voice:
1. Listen to your Body – pay attention to backaches, headaches, etc. Last week, I spoke at a conference on building a wellness lifestyle (organized by Leah Young) and was introduced to a wonderful intuitive guide and a spiritual coach, Joanna Albrecht – who spoke on integrating our spirit and body as well as leading us thru an amazing meditation session to achieving it. In essence, we need to give our body a chance to voice its opinion as we think about our work responsibilities, interactions with clients, and communications with coworkers. Pay attention to your physical energy every time you make a decision at work. Do you feel calm or excited or lethargic? Listening and responding to the cues your body is sending doesn’t just improve your mind-body connection, it can help you solve work problems.
2. Consider your Personality Traits. This is where your Self Awareness comes into play. Succeeding at work involves factoring in your personality and preferences. Do you like to work on your own thing, or do you thrive in a group of colleagues? Do you operate best in the morning, afternoon or evening? You are more likely to be successful at work (and enjoy your success!) if you work with your natural style and rhythms — not against them. Use your instincts by writing down the top three characteristics of your ideal job. Don’t think; just write and practice them to the letter.
3. Work – Life Balance. Do your plans to succeed at work jive with your home situation and lifestyle? For instance, if you need to take care of young children or elderly parents, then you might not be able to put a full-time effort into starting a new business. Are you relocating, changing jobs, going back to school, or dealing with a health issue? Listen to your gut instincts: you may not be up for a particular task or career move just yet. But, don’t give up hope. Just thinking about your future success can help you succeed.
4. If you don’t Risk anything, you Risk even more. To succeed at work, you need to take risks and reward yourself no matter what the outcome. A career risk can be as little as speaking up at meetings or as big as applying for a new leadership position in your company. Maybe work success means solving problems with coworkers or learning to read nonverbal signals from your boss. What do you want out of your career — and what are your instincts telling you? Learn to take risks by taking risks.
5. Evaluate what works for you. If you keep track of what is already working for you at work, then you’ll be more likely to handle difficult coworkers or challenging assignments. If your instincts are whispering about fear, self-doubt, or uncertainty, then take action. For instance, you may need to take smaller steps, resolve fears by talking to your boss or colleagues, or get administrative or managerial support.
6. Adjust what doesn’t work. If your instincts are telling you that you can’t complete a certain task or achieve a particular goal at work, then adjust your course. This is another way for your mind-body connection to jump in: listen to your inner voice tell you what’s not working, and then ask it to help you find what will work. Remember that all your experience and effort still counts… and you are just tweaking your action plan!
Dr Surya M Ganduri, PhD. PMP. is the Founder & President of eMBC, Inc., an international firm specializing in strategic and executive leadership development processes that Help People Succeed in an Evolving World. Dr Surya has over 28 years of business experience in management consulting, leadership development, executive coaching, process improvements, organizational development and youth leadership. For more information visit www.eMBCinc.com or contact eMBC, Inc., directly at (630) 445-1321.