3 reasons why you should listen to your gut feeling:

My intuition has always had a strong impact on me, and I want to share 3 reasons why you should listen to your gut feeling. Normally, I think the word “should” ought to disappear from the dictionary, but in this case, I use it on purpose.

First, do you know the difference between making a decision with your head and a decision with your gut?

A 'gut' feeling is when you just sort know this is the right decision.
It might not be the most sensible or smart decision, but you just know it's the right one, for some reason.
And you find it difficult to explain why you make the decision, other than it just 'feels' right.

A decision made with your 'head' is a decision that is logical. It makes sense and you can explain why it is the right decision. That decision is often based on facts and results - or other people's opinions.

Both decisions are made in your brain, of course.
Not your gut, your heart, sleeve or anywhere else.
But your brain.

Your gut feeling comes from the limbic system in your brain on the right side of your brain.

Your rational decision-making happens in your left hemisphere - the left side of your brain.

3 reasons why you should listen to your gut feeling:

  1. The part of the brain that controls the 'gut' feeling, is the same part of the brain that controls your feelings.

  2. Your 'gut' is the true YOU. Because your gut (limbic brain) will tell you what's true for you. Not your family, your friends, boss or internet expert. :-)

  3. You will be more clear on why you want what you want.

If you have difficulty explaining what your gut 'tells you', don't worry. There is a biological explanation:
The limbic brain (gut) does not control language. This is good to know and might be why many people choose to ignore the feeling.

What happens when we don’t follow our intuition?

Maybe you have tried this too? You’re in a situation where you have to make a decision. and the easiest decision, the one where everyone else is happy, doesn’t feel right to you. Your intuition tells you, you ought to go a different direction but this will upset a lot of people, so you choose to please everyone and go for decision one.

I have done this. And it never ends well. For a while, yes, but eventually I end up miserable. I get cranky, have no energy, I often start blaming other people. It’s not good.

Now, I try and have the courage to be true to myself. This is what I try and teach (preach, actually) to my kids. It takes so much courage to disappoint people in order to live truthfully and authentically.

Credit: this post is intirely inspired by Simon Sinek’s brilliant book “Start With Why.” A game changer for many of us.

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