Trusting the Gut

The gut instinct – it’s one of the most intriguing things I know of. You’re walking outside by yourself, going to your car, and you feel in your gut that you need to get in your car fast and lock the doors. Or you’re thinking of taking a trip somewhere and for no apparent reason, you just feel that if you take that trip, something bad is going to happen.

The gut instinct is a mystery to me. I really don’t know why I feel certain things for the situations in my life and what I should and should not do. For instance, right now, my gut is telling me a couple things regarding a couple situations in my life. I feel like I have three facets to my decision making – my head, my heart, and my gut. My gut is like a really good liaison. It facilitates wisdom and understanding between my head and heart.

Often times, my heart says to go do something immediately and on impulse. This rarely works out well (though it does sometimes). Often, the better solution is to see what my head and heart feel, and then to “feel” what my gut is telling me to do.

For instance, I got a job offer recently from a growing company that probably would have made a lot of sense to take. In fact, my gut was telling me not to take the job a month ago, and I didn’t know why. I would have gotten paid more and likely had a much better chance to be a CTO of the company. Even so, where I work now countered and gave me better compensation so that is good. But the point is, I turned down a better opportunity, but why?

I think it’s because my gut knew something. And I don’t know how it knew it. My head and heart were telling me to go take the job and make it happen. But my gut became an overriding influence and so I stayed at my current position where I work now. What the result of that will be, I just don’t know. However, something told me to stay that was strong enough and only time will tell if that was the best or right decision.

What does the gut instinct feel like? Just a strong and certain feeling about something. Even if you are faced with a very lucrative opportunity, if your gut is telling you not to take it, chances are, there is something down that path that isn’t going to be good for you. Who knows what it is. The gut is just a strong sensation in the stomach that says yay or nay to a situation, even if nothing on the surface seems to be wrong with it, the gut can still override.

I’ve learned to trust my gut even though it’s a bit scary and uncertain sometimes. It’s often counter-intuitive, but I think that’s the nature of the beast – to do something when it doesn’t really make a lot of sense, but you feel in your gut it is right.

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