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Trusting Your Gut Instinct and Intuition

Always trust your gut instincts. If you genuinely feel in your heart that something is wrong, it usually is.

Gut instinct and a person’s intuition can be very powerful things. Have you ever been in a situation where you have this feeling but you can’t quite explain it? It’s almost as though there is this little voice within talking to you, telling you when something isn’t right. It can also tell you when something is right. Have you ever brushed that feeling, those little voices away and wished you hadn’t? Many people discredit their gut instinct and intuition, telling themselves they are just being ‘silly’ or ‘ridiculous.’ Forbes magazine discusses five reasons leaders have trouble trusting their instincts, and three of those reasons I find relate well to this article.

The first reason we have trouble trusting our instincts is because of unfavorable outcomes. Our instincts are like second opinions, but there are those of us who will second guess ourselves because we are afraid of the outcome. The second reason we have trouble trusting our instincts is because we fear the uncertainty. Nothing in life is certain but death and taxes. Use your instincts as wisdom gained from past experiences that you can learn and grow from. A third reason we fail to to trust our instincts is because of clouded judgement. This is most often the reason why we don’t trust our instincts is because we are too close to the situation, especially when there are emotions involved. Sometimes our judgement can become impaired and we have to choose to ignore those feelings.

People often mistake trusting their gut instinct or intuition as being ‘psychic’ or having a ‘sixth sense’ which leads them to discredit those feelings even more. Having those feelings doesn’t make you a psychic. It doesn’t mean that you have a sixth sense about things. If you’ve never felt your instincts and intuition, it can be hard to explain the first time it happens. It’s one of those situations where people say “I just know” or “I have a feeling…”

I consider myself a firm believer in trusting your instincts and intuition. I’ve learned from experience that not trusting your instincts and intuition can have consequences. Although sometimes, you do have to learn to step back and not listen to them as much when emotions are high or you are in an extremely emotional situation. It is possible for your judgement to become clouded and your instincts can become clouded as well.

Never discredit those feelings, though. If you are feeling your intuition kick in, consider where you are and what you are doing. Look at who you are around, and decide if it is directed at that particular person or at a particular situation. If it is, consider why you might be feeling that way.

Do you trust your gut instincts? Let us know in the comments below!

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