I can remember the feeling like it was yesterday. Nagging – worrisome – uncomfortable. That was me after interviewing for and accepting a job offer at a new company. I kept thinking – shouldn’t I feel excited and relieved? After all, I went and applied for the job, got dressed up in my suit and nailed the interview. Everything sounded good on paper – but there was just that something that I couldn’t explain – it didn’t quite “feel” right.
It’s what I like to call the “gut trick.” Everything is progressing as normal and then that little voice sneaks in and tells us things aren’t as keen as they appear.
Call it what you will… gut, instinct, intuition…regardless of the word you use, it is code for listening to yourself and making the choice with your heart, not your head. And the bottom line is – we don’t listen to ourselves enough!
Here are 3 steps to help you listen to your inner voice.
- Listen and Accept – This may seem obvious but it is important to pay attention to your gut during the decision making process. Don’t push it away. Chances are, if the little voice inside is talking, it is telling you the right thing. Note – this one not applicable if you are a psychopath or serial killer.
- Evaluate – Think about your decisions from all angles and all possible outcomes. Think about how you would feel in each scenario after the decision is made.
- Act – Make the choice that “feels” right. It can be difficult, and sometimes even risky to follow your instincts but chances are it is worth it.
And you may be wondering what happened to me and that job I accepted? After a night of tossing and turning I went into the office and begged my boss for my job back – told him I had felt I made the wrong decision. He accepted my offer and within 3 months I was promoted to lead the team.
A great success thanks to my secret weapon – my intuition!
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