Believe in your gut and you will never be wrong – This is probably one of the most overused phrases when I have talked to people. Often it is one of the most famous quotes that features in our posts as well. But when I came across this question today, I somehow feel like refraining myself from going the all ‘Intuition’ way.
Of course I believe that the intuition is a wonderful thing and can make wonders happen for us. I also believe that intuition knows to put fear in its place and look at life beyond it. It tells us what our true passion is and our initial belief about our capacity to achieve the same. In short, it is a wonderful feeling to be intuitive – after all intuition comes from previous experiences.
The Devil’s Advocate
Playing the devil’s advocate, we also need to know that it depends on how we treat the intuition. Do we neglect all the signs and people around us just because our gut says so? What is the base belief for our gut? Why does our gut say this about something? It is not that the gut is always right, there have been instances where I am burnt by just blindly believing in gut.
There is a real danger when we believe in something with our eyes closed. It makes us immune to the fears and the reality of life around us. It makes us a bit deaf to the constant feedback in the form of fear. It doesn’t allow us to think of anything, nor does it allow anyone who speaks against our core beliefs. We seem to categorically avoid these people who douse water over the fire within.
I would like to believe that our lives are about the beautiful balances between aspirations and fears – the balance between desire and difficulty, the balance between perspiration and absolute commitment.
It is never easy to achieve this balance because we always end up leaning towards one aspect more than the other. To be honest, we find that perfectly alright. And naturally our suggestion too is to lean a bit towards the gut, but at the same time – be mindful about the reality around us.
So, how do you balance this gut with logic after all? The answer as always is in TIME
- Take some time to understand what is really going on. Try to identify why your gut is pointing that way – what is the motivation for the gut to be considering this – Is it your previous experience, is it aspiration, is it the desire to make something happen, is it to prove something to the world? What makes your gut point to a decision?
- Listen to your fears. Now this is a tough one – we don’t mean that be overwhelmed by your fears, we mean – listen to them. Try to understand what they are trying to tell you. Maybe they are telling you to create a safety net before jumping in.
- Talk to people – No doubt that they will discourage you. We don’t mean to say that you should do what they say, but talk to them, consciously slow yourself a little bit and take a decision. Sleep over it. We only get good at on the spur decision after we have been bad at it. So, just take a bit of time – you don’t need to change your decision, you just need to know if you feel the same way a few days later as well.
Having said all this – Intuition is a wonderful thing, there is no point in avoiding that. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that intuition is the sole answer for our questions. There is something more to it than meets the eye.
What do you think about intuition? How has it impacted your life and what are your suggestions for someone asking this question?
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