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13 Things Highly Intuitive People Don’t Do

13 Things Highly Intuitive People Don’t Do

You’ve met them. You know, the people who seem to know what’s going to happen before it does, predict your impending breakup or simply seem to read your mind. Before screaming ‘burn the witch!’ it’s important to know that these people aren’t so different from you, they’re probably just more intuitive. Those who are both cursed and blessed by being highly intuitive, they simply go about their lives in a different way. Let’s take a look at some of the things that these people don’t do.

1. They Don’t Ignore Their Inner Voice

Highly intuitive people know that their inner voice is something worth listening to. Sometimes basing decisions purely off logic and reason isn’t the best choice. I realise that to some this will sound crazy, but to those who consider themselves intuitive, they will understand that sometimes the best decision for ourselves are one that comes from that little inner voice, as opposed to the external information that the world provides us with.

2. They Don’t Let the Modern World Stop Them From Taking Time For Solitude

Between increasingly longer work days and technology keeping us constantly connected to one another, it can be difficult to take time for ourselves. In fact, some of us get so addicted to constant contact that taking time for solitude can be near impossible. Intuitive people know that it’s important to get off the grid every once and while, even if it’s just for an hour. They understand that people need time to decompress and get some much need stress relief. Yoga, meditation and Tai Chi are great ways to incorporate this essential ‘you time’ into your busy schedule.

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3. They Don’t Stifle Their Own Creativity

It can be easy to ignore or push down your creativity in order to be more practical. Quite frankly, pursuing creative interests and fields can be scary, and they’re certainly the roads less travelled. However, intutive people know that if they have that creative calling it’s important to let it flourish. Ignoring this urge can lead to a lifetime of unhappiness and feeling unfulfilled.

4. They Don’t Ignore Personal Observations

Part of being intuitive is simply being good at observing the world around you and then interpreting that information to find more subtle meanings. Intuitive people realise that being observant is imperative in order to find truth in people and the world in general. A small look or shift in body language, or a seemingly throw away comment, can be more important than what you may think.

5. They Don’t Ignore the Importance of Connecting With People On a Deep Level

Highly intuitive people love with every fiber of their being. Whether you’re a friend, a family member or a lover, they realise how important it is to connect on a deep level. After all, this is the only way to truly know someone. Both a positive and a negative of these connections is that they can also feel the pain of those they’re close to. Not literally of course, but they care deeply when someone is hurting emotionally. If an intuitive person ever says “I know how you feel”, they probably truly do.

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6. They Don’t Ignore Their Dreams

Highly intuitive people know that truth can be found not only in the physical world, but also in their own dreams. They’re aware that their brains use their sleeping state in order to work out problems and present solutions and pathways for the dreamer. Those who are the most aware of this generally become quite good at interpreting their own dreams and acting accordingly.

7. They Don’t Hold Onto Negative Emotions

People who are intuitive tend to be highly connected to their own emotions. It’s for that reason that they may find it hard to let go of negative emotions. However, they recognise the necessity of it in order to to keep emotionally and spiritually sane, as well as connect positively with others.

8. They Don’t Forget to be Mindful

Intuitive people tend to be incredibly mindful of those around them, as well as their environment. This is somewhat different to being observant because it taps into the feelings they get from what’s happening around them. This can be as simply as discerning how someone feels about them, to gauging whether they are in a potentially dangerous situation, despite appearances.

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9. They Generally Don’t Rush Their Decisions

Intuitive people who are acutely aware of the way they make choices may take longer to eventually come to a decision. This is because they tend to have more information and feelings to consider.

10. They Don’t Take Wrong Decisions Lightly

Highly intuitive people can get incredibly upset if they end up making a bad decision or choice. This makes sense considering that they tend to be equipped with more personal tools to avoid poor decisions and mistakes. However, nobody is infallible and it also makes them all the more careful when it comes to the important choices.

11. They Don’t Mind Crying

Intuitive people tend to be in touch with their emotions, and thus don’t see any harm in a good cry. They realise that sometimes people need a physical release in order to achieve an emotional one.

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12. They Don’t Ignore the Needs of Their Body

Highly intuitive people tend to be in tune with their bodies more and are aware if something is wrong. It’s for this reason that many will turn to spiritual exercises because these pursuits teach them how to be even more sensitive to their body’s needs.

13. They’re Not Afraid to be Spiritual

Highly intuitive people tend to be quite spiritual, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re religious. They tend to be spiritual in terms of their relationship with themselves, those around them and the world.

Featured photo credit: Intuitive via thepennyfriends.com

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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