Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Going with your Gut

At some point in your life you're going to ask someone for advice, and they're going to tell you this:

Go with your gut.

Which always makes me want to scream: IF I KNEW WHAT MY GUT WAS TELLING ME I WOULDN'T BE ASKING YOU FOR ADVICE!!!!


But the thing is--they're absolutely right. 

Deep, DEEP down we know what the right choice is--whether it's a huge, major life decision, or a small, everyday decision. If we REALLY think about it, we know what we need to do. Then we have to take the risk and do it.

That's what going with your gut means.
It means weighing your options. Gathering as much information as you can. Thinking things through. But in the end: trusting yourself.

And I would know. I've been doing it a LOT lately--and it hasn't steered me wrong yet. But we'll talk about that tomorrow.

Today I'm curious.
Do you guys go with your gut?
How do you get yourself to that point where you KNOW you're making the right decision?


  1. This is so true - I think people can doubt themselves too much. Going with my gut is how I live my life, and it hasn't steered me wrong yet. Great post, Shannon!

  2. Unfortunately, many of my life decisions have been made with my HEART rather than my BRAIN...(please, I don't even want to think about what's going on about THAT CHAOS below my waist...sigh...!)

    Be warned - this is NOT always a good thing! Perhaps it has been great for those around me, BUT not for me...

    Try to get the heart and mind working together with an opinion or some advice from a CLOSE friend and that's the best recipe....

  3. Sometimes I need validation. My gut tells me the right thing - but I need to confirm it! Ann Marie made me laugh -- yes, the heart sometimes jumps in and takes over! It's hard to discern between what we want to do and what we should do. But I like Shannon's advice -- go with your gut! If you can hear it over the noise!

  4. You are absolutely right. I tend to let doubt jump in and take over but I should allow my gut to do the talking.

  5. so gotta trust yourself. Of course, you learn to trust yourself by Learning HOW to make good decisions throughout your life..but yeah, I go wit my gut

  6. It's so interesting that you post this topic today. Just my struggle. You mention knowing deep, down deep but also being willing to take that risk. That's it right there. Take that risk. What if the revision is no better? What do I do then?

    Take that risk again.
    (Like how I sound all confident? Good thing you can't see my face or hear the churning in my stomach.)

  7. I posted about this yesterday. It's not always easy to "listen" to what your gut is saying and other times it's crystal clear. I'm going through something right now that requires my gut instinct, yet I have NO IDEA what the answer is...

  8. I don't do anything unless my gut instinct approves. It's almost superstitious, really, but I have very strong feelings about things, and if my feeling is bad, I will vehemently NOT DO IT, and if the feeling is good, then I charge full-force ahead.

    I think in our modern times, a lot of us have forgotten how to listen to our bodies' instincts.

  9. I wasted so much time when I was in my 20's fighting what my instinct was telling me was the right thing to do. These days I have the courage to just go with it even if the idea straight up crashes and burns. I figure I'd rather go with it than not listen to what my gut is telling me.

  10. I've had to make a few "gut" calls on my WIP in recent weeks. I feel good about my decisions, so I guess that means I made the right call. :-)

  11. Great post!

    Yes, I always go with my gut. It hasn't failed me yet, cause even when I "think" I've made a bad decision based on a gut feeling, it ends up better than the other one would've been, ya know? You know yourself best ;o)

  12. I try to. Usually I second guess myself and then in hindsight I realize my gut was right. Story of my life. lol.

  13. I've found that it's the times that I didn't go with my gut that didn't work out for me. I try to always listen to it, but sometimes there's too much noise in my brain to hear!

  14. I do not normally follow my gut, however three weeks ago, tomorrow, I went with my gut after a lot of debating and persuading from my blog friends and other friends. I asked a guy to prom and he said yes so I'm going to follow my gut as much as I can from now on.

  15. I think the more you listen to your gut - and learn that it rarely steers you wrong - the more you will trust it and hopefully listen to it before bugging all your friends for redundant advice. ;)


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