You’re literally flooded with in information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most of it bypasses your conscious awareness but imbeds itself in your subconscious, just in case you need it. You pick up on people’s body language, on that loose railing along the stairs, and on the oily smell coming from the car when you stop.
Ally your senses – hearing, sight, taste, smell, and touch – are powerful receptors, able to retrieve huge amounts of information, every second, and send it through your nervous system to your brain, which stores it away for possible future use.
Whether this information is able to percolate up to your conscious awareness depends on two things: whether you are receptive to it in the first place, and whether your ‘mental chatter’ allows you to receive it.
Here’s a quick way you can tap into the information stored away in your subconscious. The next time you have an either-or type of decision to make, like to re-organise your team, or delegate a task to a team member, or commence performance counselling with a long-term employee, grab a coin. Assign one of the choices to heads and the other to tails. Flip the coin. Which one comes up? Listen to your gut feel – are you happy with what came up or not?
You don’t have to go with it if you don’t want to! Just use this as a way to tap into your true feelings.
Do you think this might work for you? What other ways do you use to tap into your subconscious store of knowledge and information?