I and many others have blogged about listening to your gut. I have told many people that your gut is a holdover from our primal days and our gut quickly locates a potential threat and identifies it. Your gut picks up the subliminal leaking pardon the pun from other people. It is hard to describe the phenomenon, My buddy Shelldude talked about the "Gut" feeling thing a lot. As much as people think, we are not as far from the primitive as people think. It is part of the "fight or flight". I listen to my gut frequently and the gut is rarely wrong. I pulled the article from "Drudge", the pic came from my stash and the "Moscow Rules" came from the people that survived the most dangerous place to be a spy during the Cold War.
It’s one of the most commonly doled out nuggets of professional
advice: "Go with your gut." But it’s a very challenging system to
"We spend our workdays in our outer world. We’re interacting with our
team members and clients. We don’t have enough time in our inner world
where we can reflect on those experiences and listen to what our gut
might have to say," says Hana Ayoub, a professional development coach.
Why is trusting your gut so powerful? Because your gut has been
cataloging a whole lot of information for as long as you’ve been alive.
"Trusting your gut is trusting the collection of all your subconscious
experiences," says Melody Wilding, a licensed therapist and professor of
human behavior at Hunter College.
"Your gut is this collection of heuristic shortcuts. It’s this
unconscious-conscious learned experience center that you can draw on
from your years of being alive," she explains. "It holds insights that
aren’t immediately available to your conscious mind right now, but
they’re all things that you’ve learned and felt. In the moment, we might
not be readily able to access specific information, but our gut has it
at the ready."
"I’ve never heard a client say, ‘I regret going with my gut,’" says
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If it’s a bigger decision you need to make, Ayoub recommends creating
a larger window before you need to respond. "Start telling people: ‘I
need to sleep on this, I’ll get back to you tomorrow.’ Start building
that response into your conversations, especially with the people you
work with most. It’s telling people that’s how you work."
"You have to create space to listen to what your gut is saying.
That’s why people say they get their best ideas in the shower," says
Wilding. "Start to think back and do an audit of your day. It’s
intentional mind wandering."
"At the end of that half hour, you’re going to have to use your gut. That forces you to be more instinctive," says Leone.
Did you say "should?" "Whenever I hear clients say ‘I should,’ I say:
‘According to who?’ They usually say, ‘family pressure’ or ‘I guess I’m
making it up.’ The ‘should’s’ help people tune in to when they’re not
listening to their gut," says Ayoub.
"By going through the exercise, you’ll see, ‘When I trusted my gut, I
always felt good about the decision I made,’" says Leone. He says that
with repetition, "Your gut starts getting better at doing what’s right
"As similar situations arise and you have an instinct, you realize
you had this instinct before, and it’s that much stronger," he explains.
"Your instinct gets sharper and more reactive. Then, when you
experience positive outcomes, it creates a positive feedback loop." With
time, you can comfortably defer more and more of your decision-making
to your gut instinct.
Liz Funk is a freelance writer and author who covers
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