I live my life in a way that feels right. By that, I mean when I make a decision, I always pay attention to my initial reaction. Before my logical mind processes it, I get a feeling either in my gut or in the center of my chest. My gut reaction is typically a “no”. If I feel something in my gut that feels heavy or like a sucker punch, I know to walk away from that situation or decision. On the other hand, if it feels like a balloon is being blown up in the center of my chest, that’s a “yes” for me.
For the past several years, I’ve gone with my initial reaction because it leads me in the right direction. Of course, logic and reason factor in but when I rely too heavily on those, they can fail me. There’s only so much I can account for and only so far ahead of me that I can see. Yet when I go with my gut (and my heart) things usually work out better than I plan them! The reason I’m sharing this today is often times people say things like “I had a feeling I shouldn’t have done that” or “I knew I should have done it”. While it’s not their logical mind that knew, that initial reaction their body gave was right. That’s what they mean by know. It’s an inner knowing, not a logical one even if they don’t realize it.
The thing is, it can be hard to listen to that inner knowing when we live in a world that values and relies so heavily on information and proof. While police officers, detectives, and moms are celebrated or their intuition in certain situations, it’s something that isn’t relied on as much in everyday life. If you have a decision to make that you’ve been questioning or if you feel confused, think of what your initial reaction was. When you think about that situation, what response did your body have? Was that a yes or a no for you? When’s the last time you had that feeling? Did you go with it or against it? How did things work out? Were you glad you listened or did you regret going against it?
The more you pay attention to your initial reaction the more you’ll notice it. Not just when you have to make tough choices but throughout the day. From little decisions to people you meet. Practice paying attention and going with the reaction. See where it takes you. Often times we know what’s the right choice for us even though we can’t explain it. The hard part is going with that feeling when you don’t have any external or tangible information to validate it. Today, I just wanted to encourage you to listen to your body because you’ll often have the answer without having to think about it.
What are your thoughts on this post? Do you find yourself going with or against your initial reaction? Is this something you needed to hear today? If this was a perfectly timed post, let me know in the comments. I also encourage you to sign up for my mailing list where you’ll get more where this came from! You can access subscriber-only content starting with this gift!
Sending you lots of love and wishing you all that you need to support you in going with your gut (or heart)!