Angela Jia Kim

Savor Beauty + Spa / Savor the Success - CEO + Founder
New York, NY

    Intuition: Your powerful decision-making tool

    August 15, 2013

    How many times have you felt an intuitive answer and gone against it only to regret it later? 

    As CEOs of our companies, we are faced with daily decisions that can be overwhelming: hiring, sales, managing, coaching employees, and so much more. As you get busier, you make these decisions at a furious pace, and sometimes you forget to do a gut check.

    In the past year, I have learned how to check into my intuition and listen to it, but it wasn't always that way. It was one of my employees who helped me realize that I had to do things differently.

    Ignoring Intuition

    A few months ago, one of our nail technicians quit after only three months of working at my boutique spa in the West Village. When I learned of the news, I groaned and mumbled, "Why didn't we see that one coming?" 

    My other nail tech said, "Angela, you did call it right after the interview. You told me that you knew she hops from job to job, but we got busy with nail appointments so you hired her anyway. You have such a strong intuitive sense, but you don't always listen to it." (Thank God for honest employees who can call you out on your BS!) 

    It hit me then. I was making decisions out of desperation and time deprivation. We needed coverage, and I was time-deprived. So I went against my gut and hired her because it was the easiest and fastest decision that didn't require more thinking or time. 

    How many of you can relate? Time deprivation and desperation can crush your intuition, and as a result, you make rash, unwise decisions.

    Take A Time Out

    Something happened with my three-year-old daughter that made me realize the power of stepping back and meditating before making an important decision.

    We were hosting a dinner party, and my daughter was acting up right before the main course. I warned her that if she continued, we'd have to go to time out*.

    She didn't listen to me, so I swiftly picked her up and took her to her time-out space in her room. She had to sit there for three minutes (because she's three years old). At first she was screaming and kicking, but I sat with her and told her I had all night. We would start the clock when she got quiet.

    Finally, after a few false starts, she sat down, stared at the wall, and we both got very quiet. 

    The break was like a little meditation, and at the end of it, we were both more clear-headed, and she was able to explain to me why what she did was wrong and what she would do differently. 

    Sometimes you need a time out. You cannot make good decisions on the fly and out of emotional duress or stress. Three minutes can do wonders. All you need to do is concentrate on breathing and allowing your intuition to have the space to express itself to you.

    I know, it's very hard for a busy entrepreneur to do, but if I, a self-professed Entrepreneur ADD-ist can do it, you can, too. 

    Take your Time Out and listen to your gut. 

    *Let me give credit where credit is due. Thank you, Bobbie Robertson, founder of Music & Dance Preschools, for suggesting this powerful tool for my daughter when I was seeking out advice on how to deal with the Terrible Threes. :) 

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