Growing up I often heard my grandmother telling me to trust my gut feeling, I didn’t know what this meant until I was in survival mood. I believe my gut feeling is a way of the Lord speaking to me and helping me to make proper decisions. More often than never that feeling seems to guide me the correct way.
Your gut feeling is a combination of critical thinking, logical thinking, and emotions. However; your life experience plays a big part when it comes to gut feelings.
- Critical thinking is when you are able to objectively look at a situation and come up with your own judgment. You also need to evaluate an argument from all angles and separate the truth from falsehood.
- Logical thinking is when you have concrete evidence to help you to figure out a problem and make serious decisions, your life experiences do play a large role in this process of thinking and you should also have the ability to think for yourself.
- Your emotional state does play a purpose when it comes to sticking with your gut feelings, due to your circumstances and relationship with others.
These three combinations do play a large part in how well you trust your gut feeling and if you choose to follow it or not. During my teen years I didn’t have much adult support to lead me in the correct way, so trusting my gut feeling was all I had while putting all my trust in God. I must admit that I am also a risk taker so trusting these feelings would be more comfortable for me than others.
I believe we all have the ability to be a leader in our own life and if we trust ourselves more we would all be in a better place and a healthy relationship with ourselves. We tend to think of others first and then ourselves; the opinions of others about us DO NOT define who we are. At the end of the day, we are the ones living with the decisions that we make. Why not live a little and follow our gut feeling more often?
I got the chance to ask several ladies two questions surrounding this matter:
- Do you think your gut feeling is real?
- Do you often follow your gut feeling? Why or Why not?
“I usually don’t go with my gut feeling because I have the ‘what if’ at the back of my head and when I’m disappointed I end up wishing I could have had a glimpse into the future, so that I could have stuck to what I knew I should have done in the beginning” By Hazel Jaime-Prosper
“I do think my gut feeling is real, but I don’t always follow it although I should, I don’t know that until the outcome. The reason why I don’t follow it is that I don’t trust the outcome 100%, I always doubt the feeling and most of the time I’m wrong” By Quedeeze Anderson
“I don’t always follow my gut feelings because I have not yet learned how to listen to a higher power instead of myself… this is where leaning on my own understanding instead of trusting in God comes in” By Marlene Salmon
“Yes, I think my gut feeling is real, most of the time I do follow it. However, sometimes I allow my friends to talk me into trusting or not following my feelings of distrust and it always backfires on me and then I realize I was right to have that mistrust” By Arlene Wright
“Gut feeling comes as a mixed message for me; I often start to second guess and doubting myself. Over the weekend I had this feeling that my car was going to be in an accident, so I didn’t drive the entire weekend. The only way to prove if this feeling was right was to drive, but I allowed the Holy Spirit to do his part” By Muniri Mohama
The reason I ask these questions is to give you a different perspective of gut feeling and the role it plays in our lives. Your gut feeling is you and you! The problem is, sometimes we tend to trust others more than we trust ourselves and we don’t have enough faith in the outcome.
I learn over the years that survival is a must and no matter what direction my life takes, I will overcome all obstacles the universe throws my way, I am determined to strive. My gut feeling was all I had for a long time and the only thing I could completely trust and continue to trust, I am pleased to say that to date, it hasn’t failed me yet.
LEARN TO TRUST YOURSELF, WHILE HAVING FAITH IN GOD