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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Listen to your gut

People talk about listening to their gut. What do you think they're referring to? For me, when I say I'm listening to my gut on an issue, it means I'm paying heed to my:
  • Intuition
  • Experience
  • Awareness of the situation

Am I suggesting that we throw reason out the window? No, of course not. You need reason and facts to make an informed decision. It's just that, when you combine those elements with your gut, you often have a strong basis for doing or not doing something.

Once you're used to working with what your gut tells you, then you should be able to "listen" to what it has to share. I know from personal experience that when I don't listen to what my gut's telling me regarding a situation, I'm on shifting sand.

If your gut tells you to take an action, when the facts or reason don't, you may want to go back and recheck those facts or rethink that reason. If your gut tells you, "walk away quickly" from a situation, you need to think hard before you move ahead and go against what your experience is reminding you.

Intuition isn't the be all and end all, but if you listen properly, it can be a valuable component of your leadership toolkit.

What do you think about listening to your gut? When has it helped you out? When has it steered you wrong?


  1. This is a tricky issue. What is the emotional or psycological baggage that might be prompting this "gut" reaction? Maybe come up with a list of questions to ask yourself "Why am I reacting this way to this situation?" "What might be prompting me to have this gut feeling?"
    Yes, the gut is valuable, but can certainly lead you down the wrong path that really seems right.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly. I may be reading incorrectly, but it appears you may be looking at gut reactions solely in the context of "baggage". If so, I don't think that's the whole picture.

    That's why listening to your gut should be used along with reason and facts. All three of these components are like pieces to a puzzle. The puzzle's solution can possible become more clear when the it is complete.


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