How to Develop Your Intuition Into an Almost Magical Power
Sometimes, quotes just stick with you.
It could be from a friend, a movie, or even an advertisement.
But for some reason, it feels like just the right thing at just the right time to teach you a lesson.
Almost as though the universe were speaking directly to you.
Okay, that may be a little much, and I don’t want to get too far in the weeds here with mystical thinking. The key phrase is “almost as though.” You don’t have to believe the universe is actually speaking to you, or that it even speaks, to know what I’m talking about. It’s a feeling.
One such quote came from a teacher I had years ago.
He said it almost off-handedly, like it was no big deal. But it was just what I needed to hear at that moment, and it’s stuck with me to this day.
Here’s what he said:
“Things are always either dead obvious, or wait for it.”
What did he mean?
He was talking about making decisions in life, and how to use your intuition. And not just “big” decisions, either, but every single little movement through your day.
And whenever I need to make a decision that isn’t clear to me, I remember that quote.
Think about it:
If the decision is dead obvious, then you go with that.
But if you don’t know what decision to make, it’s easy to get paralyzed. Then your mind starts spinning, and you start bouncing back and forth between the possibilities. First one way seems better, then the other way, until your mind is split into a bunch of different voices battling with each other, and you’re no closer to a decision.
What my teacher was saying is, if it’s not dead obvious, just wait.
Wait for it.
Wait until it is obvious.
And then go with that.
This is a surprisingly powerful approach. It allows you to let new information in. It lets you not mess things up by taking premature action. It lets your unconscious brain work on the problem and come up with solutions, until an “Aha!” moment arises unexpectedly, maybe in the shower or on a walk.
It’s incredibly powerful.
And it can develop your intuition into an almost magical power.
But it’s also surprisingly hard advice to follow.
After all, we want a decision now. And especially if it’s something emotionally charged, your mind will want to get a handle on it. It’ll want to settle the stress that’s just firing off like crazy.
“Waiting for it” is simple, but not easy.
Sometimes, it takes an almost heroic effort.
You have to be willing to let your mind freak out without taking the bait. You have to sit in that storm, and just say to yourself, “Okay, I feel a little nuts and uncertain, but I’m going to wait until I know what to do.”
And that takes mental toughness.
You have to be the master of your mind instead of letting it dominate you.
But if you can do that, an almost magical power of intuition will arise all by itself.
I talk about the nuts-and-bolts details of how to become master of your own mind in my “Bionic Mind Manifesto.” If you want to check it out and see if it speaks to you, you can get a free copy here: