Should You Trust Your Gut?

I have spent years having lively, thought-provoking conversations about intuition with personal and corporate clients; students; friends; business associations; and with television and radio show hosts and their audiences. We have discussed, debated, and questioned what defines intuition; questioned if women are more intuitive than men; and argued whether the “sixth sense” can be developed.  Most people agree that intuition, also known as sixth sense, inner knowing, inner world, inner guidance, hunch common sense, and inner knowing, is a real thing.

I have taught Intuition classes in people’s homes; in bookstores; at colleges (community and private); and at corporations speaking with corporate management teams and staffs.  All presentations are designed to assist people increase decision-making skills to ultimately enhance lives as well as increase productivity levels.

Developing curriculum for presentations and classes has been relatively easy.  There is no shortage of magazine, newspaper, and journal articles.  The content of many supports developing inner guidance for the purpose of improving decision-making skills to make choices that align with one’s spirit.  Others build a convincing case for making choices with one’s intuition and logic to live a purpose filled life.  In addition, there are numerous accounts of how following the inner voice can and has saved lives.  Furthermore, many successfully business owners and managers, have written and spoken about paying attention and honoring one’s inner guidance to enhance workplace productivity and profits.

 Recently, I broadened my research to include podcasts about intuition, and discovered a May 8,2023 talk by author and motivational speaker Mel Robbins titled Should You Trust Your Gut Instinct? It was well worth listening to her.

Takes Courage to Follow One’s Intuition

Gibbons has a refreshing and honest approach. She uses the word “courage” to describe trusting and following one’s guidance.  It ,sometimes means disappointing others and may result in feeling alone as one moves into uncharted territory.  Listening and following one’s inner guidance maybe a journey of letting go of the familiar path to embark one that is suited to one’s soul, personality, interests, etc.

Asking Others Takes Away Your Power

Gibbons encourages foraging one’s own way and reaping the benefits that present themselves when one is on a heartfelt path. You may not know why or how or what awaits, but you will be guided if you walk away from what may be comfortable but unfulfilling.   Gibbons tells her listeners that when we ask others “what do you think” instead of listening to one’s inner guidance, we give away our power and immediately go into our heads instead of our hearts.  She makes a good point.  Many people are quick to ask others for their opinion or advice instead of giving ourselves the opportunity to make the decision.

Gibbons shared her own experience of not pursuing her heart which caused her much unhappiness when she not only went to law school but practiced law.   She likened the journey to being on a tour that many take, because it is comfortable and/or because we see or know of no alternative option.  Gibbons shared with her listeners how she not only attended law school but worked as a lawyer before discovering her own path.  “I was in the wrong place and my body knew it.”

The Process Gets Easier

In this podcast, Gibbons has a conversation with her high school son Oakley.  The two recently visited three colleges he was considering applying to for admissions.  She asked him to share his experiences he used making his decisions.  Oakley shared that the first school was a “no” and he knew it after 30 minutes.  He felt uninterested, bored, didn’t want to be there, and felt “unenthused.”  When asked if he knew in mind or his body first, Oakley said that the awareness was first in his mind and then in his body.  The second school was an immediate yes.  When asked to describe his response, Oakley used the words “super open”’ “expansive”, and “possibilities.” He just knew.  The third, and final school, was “an immediate no” and he just “didn’t want to be there.” Oakley was aware that his body was engaged in this awareness even if the answer seemed to be in his mind.  Gibbons said to him, and her listeners, that this process (engaging one’s intuition) becomes easier.  (In my experience, it is like developing any skill the more frequently we practice and use it.)

Gibbons’ two other podcast guests shared how shared how they got out of their comfort zone and successfully changed and enhanced their careers.

In conclusion Gibbons has some advice for people.  When making decisions, asks yourself “Can you see yourself doing this?  Can you picture this?” She reminds us that we do not know what is available to us, what will be shown to us, when we are on a path that is truly for us.

Please check out Mel Gibbon’s podcast at www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTt-IGK-dm8

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