As you accumulate experience over time, you learn to depend less on the objective side of decision-making and more on the intuitive side, until it becomes a habit.
In a difficult decision making environment, it may be hard to discern between emotion and intuition. I believe intuition is drawn from the accumulation of previous similar experiences that enable us to recall lessons or extrapolate results in a way that gives us additional guidance. Whereas, emotional decisions are based on human nature and undisciplined forces, that trigger negative behaviors. With personal experience, the difference between the two will become more clear to you.
Trusting our gut does not come easily since we are often overwhelmed by human nature (for example, fight or flight response) or become frozen by indecision (fear). In addition, we may use confirmation basis to seek out more information to justify the decision, rather than trusting our own experiences and gut.
It is not something that comes to us easily, as we need evidence that our intuition will help us through trial and error, so, with time, we determine after the fact whether or not it worked. We use this feedback to improve our intuition once again.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you have not really developed a high level of intuitive decision making yet. Just be mindful of it over time, develop confidence in your inner strong voice as you trust it to help you make decisions.
How do you go about doing that practically? Do the following: