Improving Your Spidey Sense

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When traveling fresh terrain, we now have GPS apps that rely on eyes in the sky, local cameras, and live traffic reports. But we, as humans, come hard-wired with a sense called intuition, or inner knowing. I’ve traveled through a snow storm with someone who amazingly followed her inner guidance to make a cross-country flight, with so many “coincidences” that it seemed beyond good luck. I have a friend who served in Vietnam who was a medic and knew when it was safe to move onto the battlefield to do triage. He said that he didn’t know how he knew, but he trusted his intuition, and so did his buddies who turned to him for the OK to move.

When the first GPS devices came out, people complained that they could lead to dead ends, or were out of date, or just kept saying, “Make a u-turn.” But we didn’t quit using them because they were better than flying blind, and in time, they improved. The same is true with your intuition. Follow your knowing. Even if you’re wrong, you’ll get closer to where you want to be.