A gut feeling, instinct, or intuition define those moments when you have a sense that something is right (or wrong), but you’re not quite sure why. I’d like to take a moment today to encourage you to go with your gut when decisions arise. And although gut feelings really do have a connection with the gut via the gut-brain connection, I won’t be talking about digestion today.
In today’s ever-connected, all-informed world, our access to knowledge allows us to make decisions based on an enormous amount of data. Although this access to the latest and greatest information has empowered so many people in so many great ways, we may be losing the connection to our own intuition when we pile on statistic after statistic in order to make decisions.
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal highlighted the benefits of following intuition among pediatricians treating children with infections. The doctors who experienced a gut feeling that a child was seriously ill despite lab tests that indicated otherwise were found to be most accurate in their diagnosis. “Acting on a gut feeling has the potential to significantly reduce the number of missed cases without causing an unmanageable number of false alarms,” stated the researchers.
This week, I’d like to encourage you to follow your gut more often. When faced with a decision—big or small—take a moment to tune into that inner voice that guides you when you most need it. Learn to trust your gut. Your second brain has more wisdom than you realize.