You know that feeling. You know you’re right about something but you can’t put your finger on why. Or, maybe it’s the opposite: you have a gut feeling something just isn’t on the up-and-up.
Some people call it your intuition. Still others may call it your conscience.
Regardless of what you call it, here’s what I’ve learned — it won’t be silenced. I can turn it off for an hour or two but as soon as I let my guard down, it once again becomes top of mind.
So what do you do when a gut feeling is trying to tell you something? Should your gut feelings play a part in business decisions? You bet they should.
Perhaps you need to slow down or use caution. Fail to pay attention to that inner voice and you just may regret your action or your words. You can miss a prime opportunity.
Maybe it’s the encouragement you need to proceed full steam ahead.
Or, its the nagging truth that you are not staying true to the vision of yourself or your business.
So how do you clarify what your gut is telling you? How do you make sure that your decisions are sound?
5 Steps to Clarity:
- Write down what is bother you and be as specific and detailed as you can.
- Separate facts from emotion—this step is critical to stay objective.
- Evaluate the pros and cons honestly.
- Talk with mentors or colleagues whose opinion you value, but remember it is just an opinion.
- Make a decision with confidence and based on a solid thought process.
Check back and evaluate your decision after a reasonable timeframe. For me, this means reviewing my notes and comparing them with new information I have now. It’s not just experience that has taught me that I can trust my gut feeling. It is also results!
How about you?