Discernment helps to do several important things:
- Discover what’s under the surface. Discernment enables a person to see a partial picture, fill in the missing pieces intuitively, and find the real heart of a matter. You can dig beneath what’s happening on the surface.
- Sharpen your problem solving ability. The closer a person is to their area of gifting, the stronger their intuition and ability to see root causes. Discernment helps you know what the real problems are. Good discernment also helps to resolve conflict in a more healthy way.
- Evaluate your options, and make better decisions. Discernment enables you to use both your gut and your head to find the best option for your family or your organization. It helps you to slow down and think clearly before making a decision.
- Multiply your opportunities. People create their own “luck” as the result of discernment, that willingness to use their experience and follow their instincts. Doing that often leads to new discoveries and new opportunities.
To improve your discernment, do the following:
- Pray and ask God to give you discernment.
- Learn from past successes and failures.
- Learn how others think and practice empathy.
- Ask good questions, and actively listen.