When To Override Your Brain and Follow Your Gut
Our intuition is internal wisdom that tells us the truth of who we are and what we should do. Our job is to know our inner self and learn to trust our own voice.
If you have ever been in situation where you had to override your brain and follow your gut feeling then you already know a great deal about inner wisdom. If you are an entrepreneur or manager, then by nature you rely on your guts to guide you from one success to another. In today’s business change happens overnight and decisions need to be made quickly. Your inner wisdom or gut feeling is able to decipher the difference between profitable and non-profitable much quicker than our brain. Your brain is made to store information. We use our brains as a learning and memory tool. We use our intuition to quick decision-making. The key is to know the difference of when to follow your intuition vs your brain.
When you should follow your (gut) Intuition:
- When you are personally attached to the situation or others involved
- When you do not know a lot about the subject at hand
- When you have limited information that doesn’t add up
- When you have too much information that doesn’t add up
- When it directly affects your future goals
We are all born with intuition. Some tap into it more easily than others but the more you practice using it, the better you will be. The key to using it well is knowing when to use it. When do you override the brain and use your gut? In business this can be tricky because you may have a team around you that is persuading you to do one thing or logical data that does not support an idea that you have. Remember that intuition is not taught it is something we are born with. The good thing about it is you don’t have to know when to use it. There’s a process the brain has to go through when it receives data that needs to be sorted out logically. When you’re trying to force the brain to decipher data quickly intuition immediately kicks in and gives you an answer.
“Intuition draws from the right side of the brain which is the part of the brain that controls nonverbal thoughts and expression.”
Here are some ways you can focus on using your (gut) intuition:
Know yourself – Spend time focusing on your business goals. The more sure you are of your goals the easier it is to recognize the voice that speaks to them.
Meditation – Create an open space for your inner voice to flow
Do random test Begin making daily gut decisions on a small-scale around the office and keep a record of how many times you were right or wrong.
Know your body – When faced with a gut decision your body physically reacts. Notice the change in your body when your intuition is moving in a positive or negative direction.
Shut out other voices – Your intuition speaks to you from within. Inviting outside opinions into that conversation only brings confusion.
Take time to focus on what your goals are and know them well. Your inner wisdom will always leads in a positive direction towards your goals. Our job is to learn to trust our own voice. The only way to trust your gut feeling is to trust yourself. When you have taken the time to really know who you are it becomes easier to trust your gut because you it is your inner self speaking for you.