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You have likely been in a situation where you had to make a decision. Whether it was in relation to your career or personal life, these selections can be prompted by other events or come out of nowhere. Regardless of the timing, the ‘right’ decision for you is often a seeded instinct. And this feeling in your gut is based in biology.
According to Lakeisha Evans within the Power of Positivity, the gut-brain connection exists as a way to link your emotions to your body’s physical and biochemical response. Think back. Did you ever experience really icky feelings when something just isn’t right? Sweaty palms? Nausea? Anxiety? You’re not sick from a bug per-say, but instead, a reactivity to something that is wrong.
Your body is trying to sway your next steps. Your feelings are valid. And they should not be ignored.
Despite what external parties may say, you know you best. You have intuition about what would work or what would cause further harm. You are aware of risks and understand the possibility of positive or negative dominoes.
Additionally, first gut instincts are also very telling. When you meet someone for the first time, you are usually able to tell a lot about them. More importantly, you can easily decide if you want to get to know them better or not. This is a critical filtering mechanism for any platonic or romantic relationship.
Furthermore, if a quick decision is necessary, going with your gut is typically tied to fulfilling your needs. The human psyche resorts to self-preservation, especially having evolved to be survivalists. Although a quick decision may not be the most well-thought out, it likely won’t put you in harm’s way.
Overall, trusting your gut can not only be time-saving but also self-protecting. Hunches are real. Listen to them.