Believe in Yourself and Your Feelings

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Believe in yourself and your feelings. Trust yourself to do what your heart is guiding you to do. Your intuition is powerful. Trust it.

Going with our gut seems like a risky move that only stupid people do, but countless research says that not relying too much on rationality is often the smartest move to make. It’s important to understand that intuition is not a form of mysterious inner source but one that is rooted in unconscious reasoning.

As we accumulate knowledge from experience, our magnificent brain begins to recognize patterns and organizes them into blocks of information social scientist Dr. Herbert Simon called “chunking.” Our brains unintentionally store data from our senses, and when we see a tiny detail of a familiar detail, our brain would signal us of a certain feeling that is hard to ignore.

Although it doesn’t guarantee 100% accuracy, Dr. Helen Fisher of Oprah.com says that it pays to listen to our intuition in cases when we’re doing something we’re experienced in, considering getting a second opinion, and shopping for a home or other big-budgeted items. On the other hand, we’re more likely to make good decisions using our heads when we’re sniffing out a lie and hiring someone for a job.

Some people avoid their intuitions for the fear of making a mistake they’ll regret, but studies have shown that more people regret not following their guts. Gavin de Becker explains in his book “The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence: “Intuition is always right in at least two important ways; it is always in response to something. It always has your best interest at heart.”


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