We all have diverse opinions and points of view when it comes to approaching different situations in life. Most approaches to a situation merge into a vast gray area rather than clear blocks of black and white. So how do we make choices every day? What is it that tells us what the right decision is? Which job should you take? Should you move in with your partner? These decisions can get complicated really quickly.
That is where your instincts come in. While reason should also be utilized in decision making, here are 3 reasons why you should always trust your instincts
#1 Sometimes your subconscious might know something that you don’t: That turning in your gut tells you when to run or when things are fine for a reason, and that applies to situations in life that aren’t necessarily life threatening as well. We are biologically designed to automatically assess risk this way, without even knowing we are doing it. More often than not, these instincts are trustworthy and punching you in the gut for a reason.
#2 You know more than you think you do: Our brains can hold more information that we are able to recall on demand. We may not give ourselves enough credit for what we do know. Sometimes things like denial or even love can also blur our judgement, but our gut feeling will always be there to tell us the truth what we already know, whether we want to hear it or not.
#3 If you are wrong you know who to blame: If you made a wrong decision and trusted only yourself when making that decision, you will have no one else to blame. When the stakes are high, it is better to be held accountable to yourself than to listen to someone else and pin the blame on them when things go the wrong way.
So, the next time you have to make a big decision, don’t disregard that feeling creeping up on you so easily. It might be trying to tell you something that you are overlooking or even outright ignoring. If you need more guidance on trusting your instincts you should read The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker.
By Lindy Callahan
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