When you encounter or stumble upon a particular situation when somebody needs genuine help endeavour to be instinctive in your reaction.
Being instinctive as opposed to stopping to think about it saves valuable time. This saving of vital time can be a massive life changer. Reaching out and helping in a given situation provides immense satisfaction just to know you made a special difference by being especially focused.
Some days there are no situations in which your instinct is called upon however on other days there could be several times. Some of these are minor but 1 or 2 could be major in significance. Even the small tests are important as getting it right is an important test to stay sharp.
If a lady drops something accidentally will you immediately stop and pick it up? If an elderly person or a young mum with a baby or small child needs a seat on a train or a bus will you immediately offer yours? I consider this a test both in terms of offering and also in terms of how fast I react. I want to be instinctive and therefore immediate.
Thankfully having great health and well-being I am able to help others. I appreciate my health and take generally good care of it. I am therefore in a better position to help others so why not. Having gratitude and appreciating things is what this is all about. It’s very easy to take things for granted and not take time out to reflect and give thanks. Helping others less fortunate than you is just about giving something back.
However, ultimately it’s more than that. It’s going the extra mile and really making a difference where it matters.
Sometimes there are giant macro steps to be taken but on the journey, you can make small micro steps that would be considered as stepping stones on the way. The more you lend a hand to help the better and more instinctive you become. You effectively train yourself to become better.
When those extremely rare but possible moments come when you are called upon to make in that blinding flash of a split second will you be ultimately ready to make a phenomenal difference? Of course, you never know until that mind boggling unique lightening situation occurs. One day when the race starts you will not get a warning in advance. It just happens… so strive to be instinctively ready…
Intuition is often lauded as the key to decision-making. Should you always follow your gut, or is it more complicated?
By David Robson, 4th April 2022 BBC Website
When asked about the source of his genius, Albert Einstein had no doubts. “I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am,” he told the Saturday Evening Post in 1929. It was much better to trust those instincts and test them later than to dismiss them out of hand, he said.
The physicist was by no means alone in this philosophy. It was also, apparently, a big part of Coco Chanel’s strategy. “Fashion is in the air, born upon the wind. One intuits it,” she said.
The mind in the body
Fortunately, it is possible to train EI. Anna Alkozei at the University of Arizona in Tucson, US, recently designed an online course with modules. If you want to fine-tune your intuition, then, you might first try to get in touch with your emotions more generally –mood.
David Robson is a science writer and author of The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Transform Your Life, published by Canongate (UK) and Henry Holt (USA)