Is Your Gut Out of Shape?

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by ©Patricia Feager, 1/1/2017



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.



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?



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? 



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.




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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I learned to trust my gut instincts years ago. It's the one thing besides my husband that I can completely rely upon. Like Gavin de Becker, it's part of my survival skills package that came with my body when it was delivered to this earth, and I took the time to read the operation manual.

Jan 01, 2017 11:01 AM #1
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Patricia yes I do trust that 'feeling' or gut reaction and learned to a long time ago. When I don't.....well, stuff happens and then I say....I should have paid attention.  To me it's more of a 'knowingness'.  A mentor taught me all about this concept...when you know that you know you know. Sounds complicated but it's not once one gets it.

Jan 01, 2017 11:09 AM #2
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Too many times I have not listened to my gut and paid dearly for it.  So I guess my gut is in good shape!

Jan 01, 2017 11:20 AM #3
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Patricia - I do use my gut instincts, never as the sole determinant - I do like facts and reason - but it is often the decider, and it has served me well over the years. Happy New Year - may 2017 be your best year ever.

Jan 01, 2017 11:37 AM #4
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dick Greenberg - I truly appreciate what you have to say! I'm a fact and issue type of gal. Whenever that gut feeling begins, I don't like to make an impulsive decision. I study the fact and make a list of issues, including pro and con before making my ultimate decision. 

This past year, 2016 a client of mine had an epiphany just before closing and wanted to pull out of the contract. I never judged but listened carefully. As it turned out, it wasn't my client's gut that was leading her to that decision, it was a former Real Estate Agent, who wasn't even in business anymore, who had a daughter just getting started in the business and thought my client would be best served by someone new to the business with fresh ideas. After she talked and I listened, she heard herself speak. She decided on her own it was wrong to sign a Buyers Agreement with me then have some new agent write up the offer knowing her name was still going to be on the contract as buyer. 

Jan 01, 2017 11:56 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Happy New Year, Patricia -- Oh no, I thought, not another post about diets, resolutions and things that will make me feel/be better in 2017.  As usual, you didn't disappoint with this thoughtful post. 

We will all be better off when you listen to our gut especially when it is in "good shape" and in used in tandem with the other valuable skills available to us.  And that's food for thought that is truly satisfying.   

Jan 01, 2017 12:18 PM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had the same feeling as Michael Jacobs had, and I was ready for the diet, etc story.  Both Ron and I have honed our instincts, and we always discuss them and often find the logic behind them.  Our insticts have not ever failed us, the failures happened because we did not heed our instincts...A

Jan 01, 2017 01:32 PM #7
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia I have a big Gut and it is shaped according to my pants and belt:)) seriously loved the deep analysis of the real message and just to be clear I always trust my gut and when someone changes their mind I dig deeper to find out why? Happy New Year, Endre

Jan 01, 2017 01:48 PM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Patricia Feager - somehow I knew this was post was not about dieting!  I guess I trusted my gut.  Ever since leaving the L.A. area, I have been able to slow down,  observe my inner self and realize that inner voice has had an awful lot of good information to tell me.  I trust my gut instinct. Another great post!

Jan 01, 2017 01:59 PM #9
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I have learned not to trust my heart... but gut... yep! It's almost always right. Hearts.... welllll..... they can be wicked.  

Jan 01, 2017 03:46 PM #10
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Patricia,  I believe my gut is in perfect shape.  The only issue is that every now and again my brain takes over because it thinks it knows better. When that happens there is usually trouble on the horizon. 

Wishing you a Very

Jan 01, 2017 04:19 PM #11
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathleen Daniels - oh how I love your honesty! 

Thank you for that wonderful New Year message too! Isn't it lovely! May you enjoy all the beautiful colors of the rainbow and feel the love. 

Jan 01, 2017 04:23 PM #12
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

While it is my gut which often alerts me to inexplicable behavior on the part of a client, it takes the right questions and good communications to get to the truth of the matter, regardless of what we suspect. 

Jan 01, 2017 05:08 PM #13
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Our gut knows . . . . trust it.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 01, 2017 05:51 PM #14
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

You are a good person and good agent. Your clients are lucky to be working with you.

Jan 02, 2017 06:24 AM #15
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Patricia... here's what I know... anytime I didn't listen to my gut but rationalized a decision about a person or a situation, I was sorry later on! My gut is in pretty good shape! Happy new year to you... hope it's your best year yet!

Jan 02, 2017 10:54 AM #16
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