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When To Override Your Brain and Follow Your Gut

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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:

  1. When you are personally attached to the situation  or others involved
  2. When you do not know a lot about the subject at hand
  3. When you have limited information that doesn’t add up
  4. When you have too much information that doesn’t add up
  5. 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:

    1. 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.
    2. Meditation – Create an open space for your inner voice to flow
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.

Written by Beverly S. Davis

April 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Posted in Leadership

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  1. The Moral: Trust your inner instinct.
    Interesting Read.

  2. This is a great reminder that you provide here. So often we are taught to use our brain and we forget about using our intuition or our gut feelings. I like what you said about finding time to meditate to reinvigorate our intuition – I find that meditation not only does this but it gives us an opportunity to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. No matter our good intentions, as I am sure you already know, our intuition will fail us. But the Holy Spirit, well, He never fails.


    June 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

    • You are so right! The Holy Spirit knows what we need more than we do. if we learn to quiet our outer voice and be still and listen to our inner voice we would live more abundant lives.

      Beverly S. Davis

      June 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

  3. Excellent post on an important subject. So many people don’t take the time or trust to listen to their inner wisdom and the messages from their heart and gut brains. Yes, turns out we have ‘brains’ in both our heart and gut.

    And informed by recent Neuroscience findings about the discovery of functional and complex neural networks or ‘brains’ in the heart and gut, we’ve completed 2.5 years of behavioral modeling research on the core competencies of these brains and how they communicate and integrate with the head brain. We’ve written about our findings and the models and techniques in our recently published book ‘mBraining’. See for more info.

    Our work completely backs up what you are saying in this article. The gut brain is deeply involved in intuition and wisdom. So is the heart brain.

    For example, one of the things we’ve uncovered in our work is that much of intuition is processed in both the heart and gut brains, and indeed the gut brain goes through a sleeping cycle each night that mimics and integrates with the equivalent of the head brain. When the head brain is dreaming during REM sleep, the gut brain is undergoing RGM (Rapid Gut Movement) sleep. The research indicates that it is during these periods, that intuitions are being communicated from the gut and heart, via the vagus channels, to the head. There are lots of distinctions and techniques that come out of these insights, and match completely what you’ve been writing and talking about.

    I hope you find this backup to your own work as fascinating as we do.


    January 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    • Thank you so much for sharing the results of your work. I truly believe in the gut brain intuition and wisdom. It is definitely important for people to learn more about the process, and learn how to use it. As I said in my post, it is an internal reasoning that we are all born with but we have to be aware be constantly aware of it to recognize it. Thanks again for sharing this very important information.

      Beverly S. Davis

      January 1, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      • Hi Beverly, thank you so much for your kind comments about our work. You are spot on about both how important gut and heart brain wisdom are and how it is something we are all born with. Unfortunately, our society denigrates this and elevates the head brain logical processes as more important. Tapping into and using our full multiple brained wisdom is especially vital for entrepreneurial leadership. We’ve written a whitepaper on this if you are interested:

        best wishes, Grant and Marvin


        January 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

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