A deadline is fast approaching; the pressure is mounting and the walls seem to be closing in. Maybe its a good time to take a vacation.
Thats months away! you scoff to yourself.
Not so. You may not realize it, but you have an opportunity to regroup and refresh right at your fingertips.
In an instant, you can be in the mountains, or at the shore, or at your favorite golf course. You can close your eyes for a few minutes and clear away the mental clutter. Then you can face the day, and any problems you may have, with a clear head and a fresh new approach.
Garbage! you say. Ive got an important job here. I cant get swept up in the euphoria of some New-Age mumbo jumbo.
Hold on a second. When your mind is tied in knots when its cluttered with a lot of stuff, related to business or otherwise youre not at your peak efficiency. Too many random and unrelated thoughts have a tendency to slip into your decision-making process. You wont process information effectively and you wont make the best possible decisions, because you are short-circuiting one of your greatest resources: your intuition.
Intuition is the flow of insights, hunches, and premonitions that make up your internal guidance system. One writer refers to intuition as the urgings of the spirit.
Regardless of how you think of it, your intuition is a powerful resource. It acts as a filter to screen out trivia and give greater emphasis to the information that is of greater importance to you. Think about all of the times youve faced problems and your first thoughts turned out to be the best answer. In all probability, that was your intuition at work.
According to author Gary Zukav, intuition serves several purposes:
Intuition serves survival. It signals when danger is near. It tells you when you are facing abnormal risk and when youre about to make a mistake. It could have been your intuition that told you not to buy that stock. Your intuition and your spouse were both right.
Intuition serves creativity. It provides new ideas and insights. It provides the suggestion that an idea which has never been tried before might work.
Intuition provides inspiration. Its the sudden illumination that shines through the confusion the sudden answer to a perplexing question.
So, rather than chase your tail around a problem until the last possible moment and then make a slap-dash decision visit your desktop resort. Take a minute or two to refresh yourself. Take several deep breaths. Let some fresh air in.
Recall a particularly enjoyable experience. Savor it. Gain a new perspective about the problem, your life, your family and your job.
Ah, yes your job. OK, now is the time to go back and tackle that problem with a fresh mind and a new approach. Put your intuition to work. Let your mind do its job. Allow it to recognize and consider all the options and present to you the best possible solution. Chances are, that problem wont seem quite so insurmountable now.
And whatever you do, please dont tell your travel agent about all the money that I saved you. Lets keep the desktop resort as our little secret. William Armstrong, a management consultant for 31 years, is president of Pittsburgh-based management consulting firm Armstrong/Associates. Reach him at (412) 276-7396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.