Trust Your Instincts

Have you ever been faced with a situation and you weren’t quite sure of the right direction to take? Often when that happens, we’ll hear a little voice in our head, feel a slight gurgling in our stomach or just have a sense of something feeling a bit off.

Don’t dismiss it.

Trust those instincts when something feels just a bit off; whether it is about your health, a relationship or something to do with your career; you won’t be sorry.

Care2.com offers up 5 Gut Instincts You Should Listen To. Call it “women’s intuition” but there is something to be said for giving credence to that little voice in our heads.

According to many researchers, intuition is far more material than it seems. Hope College social psychologist David Myers, PhD, explains that the intuitive right brain is almost always “reading” your surroundings, even when your conscious left brain is otherwise engaged. The body can register this information while the conscious mind remains blissfully unaware of what’s going on.

Another theory suggests you can “feel” approaching events specifically because of your dopamine neurons. “The jitters of dopamine help keep track of reality, alerting us to those subtle patterns that we can’t consciously detect,” Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide (Houghton Mifflin, 2009) notes.

I am friends with a business woman who left the corporate world almost ten years ago to open her own service business. It was a struggle at first, well, actually for longer than just “at first.” But each time that she decided she was done and it was time to throw in the towel and find a “real job,” something would stop her.

The phone would ring with a new project. She’d receive a referral email for a new client. What ever it was, it was enough to hold her over and continue on. After awhile, she began to realize that although it wasn’t as easy as a traditional job with a guaranteed paycheck, she knew in her bones that what she was doing was what she was supposed to be doing.

Now, ten years later, she has found success in her professional lane, created a brand around her name and her results and is ever so glad she listened to that little voice that said – “don’t give up just yet.”

Donald Miller of Storyline offers three great benefits for listening to your gut:

  1. When something seems wrong, back off and use caution.
  2. Look for conflicts in patterns. If you’re wanting to hire somebody but he or she has been through three jobs in the last two years, there is a pattern conflict. Inquire as to why his or her pattern is in conflict with his or her ambition to hold a job.
  3. If you suspect something is amiss in a situation, don’t interrogate whoever you suspect too soon. Wait and watch and try to understand why your intuition is sending alarm signals. Once you identify some patterns, sit down with the person you’re dealing with and ask them to explain them.  Read his entire article at What Your Gut Feeling is Telling You

Finally, watch this Ted Talk video and listen to Magnus Walker talk about his life journey of following his passion and going with his gut feeling which eventually led him to turning his dreams into his reality. 

Is your gut telling you something today about your career? Before you do anything…give a listen and trust your instincts.