by ©Patricia Feager, 1/1/2017
HAPPY NEW YEAR
By the title of this post you might think I'm writing about some new diet or my desire to lose weight. If so, you're wrong. This is not what this post is all about.
TRUST YOUR GUT
How many times have you had to make a decision but weren't sure about what to do? Truthfully, it happens to me often and I don't believe it has anything to do with confidence, life experiences, knowledge, or education. Therefore, I beg the question - whenever you reach the crossroads of what should you do, have you relied too heavily on what you think your gut is telling you or does your gut have super intellectual powers stored inside an area of the anatomy called the gut? It seems to me that the first thought that pops into our heads is "trust your gut." Or if you consult with someone and ask for their opinion, their answer may sounds like this: "What does your gut tell you to do?" Now, when it comes to fear or safety, that is a different story - trust your gut! But when it comes to every decision that needs to be made, is it now possible that society has become more dependent on the gut, using it like a superstitious crystal ball to guide the decision-making process which can lead to the wrong decision?
LET'S DIG DEEPER
Is our gut biased? Can we rely on our gut to make flawless, educated, and best decisions; then either rejoice or sadly accept the consequences? Or have we been misguided by intellectual gurus who have conditioned us to rely more on our gut than intellectual reasoning? Seriously, does intuition have any correlation to the gut? If so, is our gut reliable? Can we really know our gut is helping us to make the best choices and if we ignore the gut do we only have ourselves to blame?
IS YOUR GUT OUT OF SHAPE?
I'm not a psychologist or intellectual guru. But I admit to being a skeptic and questioning ways that have shaped my behavior or the belief system, e.g., trust your gut. Take the business of Real Estate, buyers and sellers often trust their gut and later say, I changed my mind. A smart Agent would start by understanding their client's needs and learning about what changed their mind. Perhaps, their decision was based on too much emotion or the feeling that time is running out and they needed to make a decision. When it comes to listening to other people, I will never trust my gut, convincing others they need to move forward. I would seek additional information. Focus on listening; then be ready when and if they are ready to move forward. Answers to pertinent questions will shape the best decision at that moment in time or another time into the future. When it comes to other people, my gut will never be the driving force in influencing other people's decision-making.