Are you checking your smart phone every 15 minutes or less?
Is your laptop joining you for meals, TV watching or even bedtime?
If so, you might want to take a break and get your eyes off of the screen, your body moving and create some space for your mind to be in an imaginative state.
In today’s world we are experiencing what experts refer to as daily “information bombing” of the human brain.
A University of California-San Diego study revealed that every day 34 gigabytes of information is absorbed into the average human brain.
This is enough information to not only overload a powerful computer, but also to trigger physical and mental symptoms that will eventually cause stress
and lower productivity and creativity.
You might experience this in your body as fatigue, memory loss or a lack of focus.
This is why highly successful people are turning off their phones, shutting down their computers and going deep to get that gut feeling of what answers they need most.
Steve Jobs came out of the intuitive closet during his famous Stanford Commencement Speech in 2005.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
As human optimization takes on a new level of play in today’s world, success oriented people are doing whatever it takes to have an edge and the personal growth market is now at $9.9 BILLION dollars.
High performers seek flow and flow happens when electronics are shut off and we are focused on doing something that is challenging and we’re good at it.
During this peak state, our channels, intuition or ‘insight’ are more pronounced and we get answers that eluded us when we are in a distracted state.
CEO’s who have to make rapid decisions will often refer to their “gut instinct” .
Sir Richard Branson has stated that his intuitive sense has never let him down.
In 2007 Kurt Matzler and Todd A. Mooradian of MIT Sloan Management Review did a study on Intuition and decision making.
“Despite the wealth of data and analytics at their disposal, experienced managers often need to rely on gut instinct to make complex decisions under duress.”
I see it this way—once a person reaches a certain level of success, they begin to realize there is more to reality than what is seen before them.
This includes numbers, reports and even past experiences. When they allow themselves to be in a super receptive state of creativity and receptivity, the gift of intuition graces them with certainty and confident decision making.
Here’s a few more examples of success from the gut:
Ray Kroc used his “funny-bone instinct” (against his lawyers and advisors) to borrow and purchase a modest fast food franchise chain he helped build. This chain now serves over 47 million people a day under the golden arches of McDonald’s.
Paul McCartney heard a tune in a dream of his.
It was so present with him, he thought he’d heard someone else play it and didn’t want to plagiarize. He spent months singing it for people and asking them if they heard it before.
Once he was confident it was his own, he wrote lyrics for it. This dream song became the hit “Yesterday”.
A $104.42 BILLION business and a song that has been covered seven million times, were both created without a screen.
Take a break. If you don’t, it might just cost you your next hit single.