Recall that little voice inside that sometimes “speaks” when you don’t want it to, or is too quiet when you wish it would help you decide? That is your gut instinct, your intuition and it serves a great purpose in life. I believe that we all have a gut instinct that helps us subconsciously navigate through life, a little voice that pops up here and there when we are faced with a dilemma, are pondering a question, or trying to find our life path.
The evidence of our gut instincts can be seen during our daily lives. Ever meet someone new and knew that you would become instant friends? Maybe the opposite, something told you to keep your distance from someone? Have you been at school taking a test, read the question, had no idea of the answer, yet you got it right? Have you had to choose between which job to take and later found out that you made the best decision of your life? Have you had to decide whether to do something now, or postpone it and you chose the perfect time? Though these examples could be due to coincidence, much of the time they are aided by the help of our subconscious.
So many times when we have to think or choose in life we unknowingly let our anxiety, fears, past experiences, or overthinking get in the way. Our true thought process is tainted by these and therefore we may not clearly be able to see the best idea or option. So, what is a good way to let your gut instinct guide you instead of your mind? Often it is the very first, almost instant response that you feel. For example, if you are choosing between taking Job A and Job B, ask yourself “Is Job A or Job B a better fit for me?” Without deliberately thinking or pondering the subject, notice which one comes to mind first, which one feels more right. First instincts and thoughts are usually the most correct.
Some individuals like myself have an even deeper inner voice known as intuition. I believe every person has it, some just have a deeper sense of it. This almost borders on psychic ability, as someone who is highly intuitive can often predict things before they happen. Intuition is a gift that can be developed and grown. I often try to develop my own by trying to feel how certain events will play out etc. My beloved grandmother was very intuitive, even more than I am. She could foresee many things before they happened and she often knew things going on before they were said. I believe that I got my own ability partly from her. My grandmother always told me that the older I got the stronger my intuition would be and so far she has been right. God Bless her soul. I miss her terribly.
The next time that you are faced with a difficult situation, a dilemma, wondering which path to choose, curious if someone new is worthy of your time, try to see if what instantly comes to mind without truly thinking about it helps you in any way. If you would like to share a story below of how your gut instinct or intuition has led you, I would love to read them!