No, this is not another fitness angle promising tight abs in 10 days. Good thing because I just ate what giants might refer to as a really big helping (or what the rest of us might call three average portions) of my favorite dessert and I’m in no mood to discuss my waistline. The part of the gut I want to discuss today is the part that just knows when something is wrong or when it’s right.
I’ve been reading up on nurturing the gut instinct. It’s definitely a learned art and in my opinion, one can get better with practice. So, while there’s no physical exercise involved, there is repetition and the opportunity to learn the art of sensing or trusting to benefit you in the professional realm. It may sound a bit far off, but the fact is, the “gut instinct” is one of the leading causes in life-saving decisions made by people who suddenly changed their plans for no apparent reason…other than that simple “feeling.”
We’ve all heard stories of people canceling their flight plans causing them to be spared from a fiery crash or more recently, it was women’s intuition that caused the investigators on the Jaycee Dugard case to pursue her captors.
The fact is, we all receive intuitive information. Like any skill, the more you practice intuition, the more yours will improve. As you continue to develop this gift, you’ll come to rely on it more and more. Practice opens up the information flow of intuitive insights. They say that intuition presents itself when a question is asked, “…should I take this route,” “where should I be house-hunting,” “which candidate should I hire,” “what’s wrong with my teenager…” The answers may come in many different forms, but if we aren’t paying attention to the answers, why bother asking the questions?
Well, that’s my point exactly. The answers can come in the form of feeling, hearing or seeing. “Feeling:” the “just knowing” or gut instinct, the “Hearing:” such as a two unrelated people giving a common answer to the same question, and the “Seeing:” where you get a “sign.” My friends and I laugh about the phrase, “maybe it’s a sign,” but it may very well be a sign that says, “Danger, No Trespassing,” or “Proceed with Caution.” From now on when you pass a sign like that, take note of where your mind is and what question you’re contemplating. It may be just the advice or guidance you needed on that particular subject.
So all the technical stuff aside, the point to all of this is that maybe we’re getting the answers more than we know but we’re not listening. Not listening causes us to go against the flow. Going against the flow can make us live below our potential. Maybe if we weren’t so hell-bent on an idea, new and better ways might be revealed. Maybe if we got into the “trust and allow” place in our head, the right thing will knock us up-side it!
Time after time I have MADE things happen and FORCED deals to work and PUSHED for change at no one’s expense but my own. I sit back now and wonder had I trusted and allowed more of what my gut felt instead of what my head thought that I might be further along in my journey. Who knows really? But I’d like to think that the new “enlightened” me floats on her back down stream more often than she swims hurriedly up river with all the struggle and exhaustion that goes along with it. And while I will continue to gather data and analyze with logic, I will relax and observe in hopes to feel, hear or see a sign that guides me down that skinny little path towards happiness. What kind of shape is your gut in?