Have you ever reflected on the outcome of a situation and thought to yourself "I wish I had listened to my gut?" I know I have, and it is only in more recent years that I have trusted to take action based on my gut feeling even when I can't quite pinpoint what it is trying to tell me.
Most of us have experienced the sense of knowing things before we know them, even if we can’t explain how. You meet someone and get an uneasy feeling in their presence, and it turns out they are dishonest. You decide to turn down a job and a better one gets offered to you from a different company afterwards.
If only you could tap into those insights more often, right? Turns out you can, especially if you learn to identify which signals to focus on — whether they’re sweaty palms, a funny feeling in your stomach, or a sudden and inexplicable certainty that something is up.
"Always trust your gut. It knows what your head hasn't figured out yet" Unknown.
Striking the right balance between your gut instinct and rational thinking is key. How do you do this?
- Be open to listening to your gut instinct
- Be aware of bias
- Combine feelings with facts
By considering what you learned from your head and from your gut, you will be better placed to make a more informed decision. While you can’t know how everything will turn out, you will at least be clear on why you made your choice which will help inform future experiences.