I want to talk to you about following your gut. We are quick to let our minds take over our decision-making. We go back and forth and back again on a decision. We talk ourselves into, out of, around, over, and through things. We agonize over the right thing to do and why. We have regrets and we consistently second-guess ourselves.
I had a day like this last week, and it was a brutal. Finally, I wore out my brain and all I had left with was my gut decision. I just knew what I needed to do, even if I wasn’t clear on all of the specific reasons. All I can say is that the answer was always deep down in my soul, and it persistently and consistently kept rising until my decision was on my lips and refused to remain silent.
And that was it. Once I made the choice, there was no going back. My mind relaxed, exhausted. And my heart was glad. I will tell you that the decision is not without its fears. It wasn’t easy to make the choice, but I know I made the right choice for me. There’s another long climb ahead, and I’ll begin that journey next week. Now, it’s time to rest, rejuvenate, and rejoice.
This week I’m dealing with people challenging my gut. I know the right thing to do. I know the standards I have to hold – for myself and for others. Of course high standards are frightening for those who don’t want to be held accountable and don’t have a strong work ethic. I have to push ahead in spite of people who are like this. I know what I need to do and I know how to get it done. The standards that you set for yourself are the ones you have to live by.
“Don’t think. It complicates things. Just feel, and if it feels like home, then follow its path.” ~R.M. Drake
I’ve started 2016 embracing this idea. Our guts are so powerful and wise and intuitive. They know the way home. They know exactly where we should and shouldn’t go, whom we should and shouldn’t be with, and what we should and shouldn’t do. They know far more than our heads, far more than our hearts. And no, we often can’t explain a gut feeling. It doesn’t need explanation. It needs only action. So trust it. Follow it. Believe it. Even if your head and your heart are conflicted, don’t waste time and energy questioning the gut. Just know that, now and always, it has your back.
“When something feels off, it is.” ~Abraham Hicks
Listen. When you don’t know what to do, what to think, and what to feel, close your eyes and just listen. Deep down in that precious and powerful gut of yours, there is every answer you need. It may not be easy to hear and it may feel almost impossible to put into practice, but it’s the right move. Trust that above all else. Stop listening to what others think. Stop worrying about what they will think if you follow your intuition. This is your life and this is your time. You have to live with every consequence precipitated by your actions so take the actions that are right for you. Go in and listen, an you’ll always find yourself on the right path.
Have you ever been around someone who makes you feel a certain way, even when you can’t quite put your finger on why? This feeling can be positive or negative, brought about by being with someone or even just thinking about him or her. Trust that feeling, whatever it is. The gut, the seat of all of your psychic energy and intuition, never lies. The head won’t understand. The heart surely won’t understand. But you must trust and embrace that gut feeling, even if there’s no way to explain why. The “why” doesn’t matter. Just the fact that it exists is enough of a reason to follow its advice.