Shawn Gulyas is the Founder & The Thought Catalyst at humanworks, and also a Kolbe-A Index specialist. He is a firm believer in empowering individuals to tap into how they work best. How does he do it? By understanding the different parts of the mind, specifically the conative mind.
In this episode, Shawn dives into the five rules for trusting your gut and how the conative mind ties in. Listen in to hear how becoming more in tune with yourself can ultimately bring about team efficiency.
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Truth You Can Act On
1. Act Before You Think
Shawn Gulyas: “When I’m writing I don’t want to think about it too much. I just sort of write what I’m feeling, what I believe, what’s on my mind, and the goal there is to act on your instinct and then think about it later, edit later, improve it later, throw it away later. And that freedom to sort of jump in your way, whatever that is. And I always say, Hey, just relish the mess of it and clean it up later. Now, for some people’s instinct, that mess or clean-up makes them want to sort of work against this. But, you know, I put my spin on it and I say, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m going to do it anyway.’ And I think if you think about that rule, it allows you to do what you never thought you could because it gives you the freedom to try it.”
2. Limit What You Say “Yes” To
Shawn Gulyas: “For me, my rule is no more than four. I try to focus on the four things that my instinct really relies on and try to do those every day. I am really good at editing and explaining. So, I find time in my day to do that because I know if I’m editing, I’m in my world. The second thing is, I love to tweak, whether it’s editing something or a process. As far as processes and practices, I love to improvise. And then my fourth thing is I try to imagine and try to actually suspend my need for clarity. And I think that sometimes it goes against what I try to guide leaders and organizations to find clarity, but sometimes I like to suspend my need for clarity so that I can really have a creative thought.”
3. Be Relentless
Shawn Gulyas: “Be obstinate in overcoming obstacles. We have to be relentless about what’s important. That’s really it. Find a way. It exists. It may not be where you start, but it’s being deliberate and relentless. If there’s an obstacle, you say, ‘Hey, I’m going to get through this no matter what.”