|Posted on 24 July, 2019 at 10:45|
...I know there are many moments in my working day when I sit back and ask myself, How do I know that this particular creative decision on the dance floor, going from x to y, is right? What makes me so sure I’m making the right choice? The answer I whisper to myself is often nothing more than “It feels right”.
Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit
Working as I do with creative people, I love those moments when intuition tells them that something, as Twyla Tharp says, ‘feels right’. Ask the reasons why they made a particular creative choice and they often can’t give a logical answer, they just know and trust their instinct.
What I find bemusing is how often those same creative people don’t trust their intuition when making decisions outside of their practice.
There is a place, a very valuable place, for gathering information, planning carefully and making well thought through decisions. Heaven knows, I have written enough blogs on the importance of planning). And there are also times when you need to trust your intuition, that ‘ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning’ (Oxford Dictionaries).
Intuition is that curious mix of experience, buried knowledge, auto pilot and the indefinable which come together, often in a split second, to help you make a decision or sum up a situation. And this isn’t just when putting paint to canvas or creating a dance step. Air traffic controllers, on top of all the vital left brain analytical skills, need a healthy amount of intuition as well to keep planes from crashing.
Intuition is that thing which leaves you elated, even when you have weighed up all the pros and cons and taken the least obvious (and sometimes most ‘sensible’) course. Or which leaves you with that dull feeling in the stomach when you have made the decision you think you ‘should’ make.
Intuition can sometimes be the reason behind procrastination. As a born organiser, I love putting plans together and moving into action. But occasionally, I have all my coloured coded, detailed plans laid out and ready to go and yet they just sit there, glaring at me from my to do list. I try to force myself into action, but it just won’t happen. Then suddenly, something else clicks into place and I realise that my intuition had been blocking me because somehow, the time wasn’t right.
So, what is your intuition telling you to do?