We are taught to think things through and to make decisions by weighing the pros and cons of fact-based data. If facts aren’t available, we are taught to give people the benefit of the doubt. The problem with this is that sometimes, your instincts conflict with logic. Is it better to trust your gut?
Is Your Gut Your Sixth Sense?
Science confirms that our gut instincts, or intuition, are real and that following our instincts keeps us safe or assists in making decisions that are best for you. We’ve all been there, logic saying one thing, but a nagging feeling that something just isn’t right. This is your sixth sense, so you should trust it.
You Don’t Have To Explain Why
Sometimes, your gut is activating your body’s natural fight or flight response, designed to keep you out of harm’s way. However, we sometimes ignore this response to seem kind, respectful, or non-judgmental. This is the time to get out of your head, and put safety first.
Safety Aside, Do What Is Right For You
Once you begin to trust your gut, like practicing any other skills, your instincts will become stronger. Whether making a career change, personal decision, or acknowledging a sense that someone you just met is going to play a larger role in your life—trusting your gut is all about doing what is right for you.
The next time you feel your gut trying to tell you something, listen!