Trusting Your Intuition

  • July 21, 2020

  • The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center

The below content is an excerpt from a recent interview featuring Antonia Hock with Stephania Vozza of Fast Company. To read the full article, please click here.

Taking a leap of faith and trusting your gut takes courage, but it used to be standard operating practice. Intuition and instinct kept humans safe for thousands of years, but as we’ve evolved, we’ve learned to lean on data, learned responses, and education in decision making, discrediting our gut as dangerous, says Antonia Hock, global head of The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center. “Instinct is a powerful data point that can be a treasure trove of untapped generational knowledge in decision making,” she says.

Below Antonia shares useful tips each of us can model to connect more with our intuition.

  • PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FIRST THOUGHT IN A SITUATION: Become more aware of the messages your gut is sending you by actively acknowledging the first thought you have, such as your initial reaction to a new person, situation, or decision, says Hock. “That data point is a valid input based on a lifetime of experience and innate knowledge, and that’s super valuable,” she says. “While you may choose to apply other tools to the situation or your reaction, take a moment to examine your gut. How else can you harness thousands of years of collective gut and a lifetime of knowledge in a moment?”
  • FIND OPPORTUNITIES TO PRACTICE: Look for safe ways to test your gut. Hock uses athletics to hone her intuition. For example, is the weight too heavy for her lift, or should she run another three miles?” I practice listening to my body in these scenarios,” she says. “What is my first sense? What is my intuition telling me? This is a great place to practice and test my instinct versus using data to make the decision. Building a series of gut successes in these cases has allowed me to trust instinct in other ways.
  • KEEP A GUT SCORECARD: After you make the decision, react, or move through the scenario, take a moment to reflect on how you would score your initial gut reaction, suggests Hock. Then determine if it was on target, and if following it would be a good choice. “Make a mental note of situations where intuition was particularly valuable or when trusting it would have produced a great outcome,” says Hock. “That cumulative data will help focus your use of instinct as a tool in your decision-making processes.”

To read the complete article published on July 13, 2020 by Fast Company, please click here.