Intuition – Its Influence on Your Judgment and Success

Intuition – Its Influence on Your Judgment and Success

Intuition – Its Influence on Your Judgment and Success


Intuition is one of the most vital components of the decision-making process.  Those with strong intuition are much more likely to be successful.  In fact, it is one of the strongest predictors of high performance and success.

Merriam-Webster defines intuition as, “a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence: a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why.”

If you have a strong ability to notice what is happening around you, you possess a stronger intuition.  Therefore, by developing the habit of paying attention to the details and subtlety of your surroundings, you are much more likely to be successful in everything you do.

Individuals with strong ability to notice often seem wise and sensible, such as moms when caring for their children.  In fact, this is an area where, on average, women have stronger judgment than men.

Individuals who lack an ability to notice are often dubbed as “clueless”.  However, not to worry, it can be improved.

If it seems that the details of your surroundings often escape you, and you would like to give your intuition a boost, make certain that you develop the habit of noticing, simply paying close attention to that which is going on around you, and your likelihood for success will increase tremendously.

Occasionally individuals with extremely well developed intuition will notice “too much” and this can cause them to worry sometimes about insignificant issues.  However, better to occasionally worry a bit than to miss the subtlety of what is going on around you.

The bottom line, intuition is powerfully influential in your decision making process, and ultimately, your success.


CDR Barry W. Hull, USNR (Retired)

Barry Hull is an expert in the field of evaluative judgment and decision-making. He helps organizations and individuals improve their success by helping them improve their ability to make good decisions and choices. Barry Hull is the founder of Pilot Judgment Inc. Additionally, he is a partner with the consulting firm, Athena Assessment Inc. He is a retired US Navy Commander, F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilot, combat decorated during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.


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    CDR Barry W. Hull, USNR (Retired) 10 years ago

    Anita, our data reveals that those who pay close attention to their surroundings tend to be much more successful, personally and professionally.

    Make sure to separate “hopes and fears whispering to you”, from “noticing your surroundings”. Those who are able to keep their gut instincts grounded in what is actually occurring around them simply have stronger, more accurate gut instincts.

    It is true that paying attention to the intrinsic can be difficult for many. However, it is important to look beneath the surface intrinsically. Tone of voice, irritation, desire, mood, etc. are often there, helping us to make better choices, if we take the time to pay attention.

    Forgive my sales pitch, but the Pilot Judgment Assessment is extremely accurate at measuring the ability to notice, to see beneath the surface. This is a good indicator of whether someone should pay close attention to their gut instincts. If someone scores weak in this area, they need to improve it.

  2. Anita 10 years ago

    How do I know that my intuition is not only my innermost fears or hopes whispering in my ear, that have almost nothing to do with what is actually going on around me? In other words, how do we know when to listen to our intuition and when it’s better to disregard its voice? Should we always listen to it?

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