Trust Your Gut – How Your Intuition Can Lead You to Success

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Mark Foo from The 77 Traits of Highly Successful People

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If you learn to trust your gut, you will go far. Everyone is born with base instinct. It’s what allows man to survive initially. As you go about life, you might be tempted to over think things, which may drive you into the wrong direction. When you learn to follow your intuition, you may well  find that you’re heading straight for success.

Think About Your Gut Feelings

In order to understand intuition, it may help to recall a situation where you had a gut feeling. Maybe you’ve met someone at work who seemed nice enough but they turned out to be a troublemaker. Later you told yourself that as soon as you met them, you just felt like something was up.

For me there were plenty of times growing up where I’d be tested in different classes at school. My gut feeling would tell me to answer one way, but then I would over think and then answer a different way. Often times when the tests were returned, I would realize that my gut feeling was right! I should have gone with the initial answer.

There’s an important lesson to be learned here about intuition. It’s that as you get older, you become more likely to over analyze your feelings. Sometimes an in depth analysis is needed, but sometimes it can be standing in the way of you and success. From now on make an effort to trust your first instinct, and see where life leads you.

Taking Action

When you trust your intuition, it’s a good thing. It’s not just because you’re most likely making the correct decision either. It’s also because you’re going with that first feeling and you’re taking action. Finding success is very much about taking action. Think about all the time you spend thinking about the things you’ve done, or what you plan on doing.

Many people spend their lives talking about or only dreaming of their true goals. It’s those individuals that do something about it that actually reach them. So when your instinct tells you to turn in a certain direction, perhaps you should see where the road leads.

Even if you feel like you’ve made a mistake by taking that road, chances are that you’ve learned a good lesson in the process. This failed attempt shouldn’t be treated as failure either. This is because it may be a necessary step for you to take in order to find your way to success. In that sense, your intuition was likely right all along.

How Your Intuition Helps Others

When you go with your gut feeling, you can also be helping others in the process. It’s also a skill that you can work on in order to develop your intuition. When you become good at this skill, you’ll make a more effective leader, which can be another stepping stone on your way to success.

When you approach any social situation in life, think about your initial grasp of that situation. If you can understand how someone is feeling just by the way that they’re looking at you, you can more than likely help them quickly and efficiently.

When you trust your gut in social situations, you’ll become a more likeable and effective communicator. This is because people will know that you understand them and you’ll be able to roll with the punches when plans change and you discover that you need to be a little more flexible.

Remember that your gut feeling will not always be right, but more often than not it will be right. You need to know and trust yourself and you’ll find success.

Author’s Bio:

Ever wondered how great successful people achieved great success? You can find the answer in The 77 Traits of Highly Successful People. Mark Foo has brought together 48 personal development bloggers and writers to co-author the success eBook that spells out all of the success secrets of the very successful people. This eBook is available to you FREE and you can grab your free copy now at http://www.77SuccessTraits.com.

  1. George Bush’s gut was what got us into the biggest mess ever…so how do I recognize who’s gut to trust?..how do I know it’s not just gas?

  2. From my experience entrepreneurs are those who best strive from following their gut instincts, and they are the ones that most frequently follow their gut instincts.

    Till then,

    Jean

  3. While following your intuition can sometimes lead to great things, I don’t agree that it is something that we should make a point of doing more. Making too many gut instinct decisions can get us into trouble. Some people just naturally make bad decisions when they don’t stop to think things through more carefully. So you have to pay attention to the results of your instinctive decisions. Not everyone is a natural leader who can make sound decisions on the fly.

  4. Ok, I think I have to spill my guts on this one. Usually, when I find myself in a situation where I have to choose between to things, I turn to my inner self and ask for a very simple request… “Give me a sign, dude!” Yeah, something like that. After a few hours or a few days, I’ll notice something and I will remember the problem I was having. When my gut gives me a positive feeling, that’s the time that I’ll make a decision. Works pretty well so far. =)

    Cheers to you Mark and Vincent!

    Ryhen
    .-= Ryhen | Mind Power´s last blog ..Cause and Effect: How To Really Change The World =-.

  5. My gut instincts have served me well in the past. However, there are instances when it go against me. Perhaps I need to trust myself more or be positive about my instincts. 🙂

  6. Learning to trust the voice in my head has been huge for me.
    Like probably everyone reading this there’s been time when you get a thought ‘do this’ and you say no no there’s no reason for that… but soon after something happens and you say ‘if only i had listened!’
    These days I try to always trust my instincts even if they seem silly at the moment, sometimes I don’t see any benefit from it but sometimes its really worth it. I’ve even had a few awesome encounters where I decided just to walk in whatever direction my gut told me to while in an unfamiliar city, if you just follow your intuition you can be surprised by some awesome synchronicitys and chance encounters.
    I think its one of those things, the more you listen to it, the louder it gets!
    .-= Devin | Travel To Grow´s last blog ..China Status Update – Jan 8th =-.

    • Hi Devin,

      Yes, intuition can seem silly at times. But more often than not, it’s turned out to be the right decision to follow my gut. I’ve already lost count of the number of times my gut has helped me to achieve what I want. And I’d be sure to carry on seeking help from this great inner consultant of mine.

      Cheers~

      Mark

  7. I can count on my fingers and toes how many times I’ve mistrusted my intuition and paid dearly for it. Intuition is a funny thing, you don’t seem to tune into it until you get more experienced and get older. On the flip side it’s hard to know when intuition is talking. Gut feelings seem to go deeper than just emotions. People who follow their emotions are headed in the wrong direction. People who listen to their gut feelings often find themselves going the right way.

    It’s easy to ignore a gut feeling but the more you do, you begin to realize that there might be something in those tiny signals.

    Did you ever get that feeling you forgot something as you were leaving the house, and later on you found out you actually did?

    Intuition is priceless, but it’s important we don’t get mixed signal from things we think are intuition.

    Once again, great post!

    Cheers,
    Clinton

    • “Did you ever get that feeling you forgot something as you were leaving the house, and later on you found out you actually did?”

      Yes! I did. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Vincent

    • Hi Clinton,

      Indeed, intuition is a funny thing. And it’s also one of the most sophisticated tools you’d ever consult. Donald Trump once remarked, “Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper.”

      Intuition does work. Anyone should learn to listen to it.

      Cheers~

      Mark

    • Our instinct is our inner compass that guide us. On the point when something doesn’t seems right, most probably it isn’t, I totally agree with you. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Vincent

    • Hi Credit Girl,

      I’m not sure if there’s any scientific explanation to it but I’ve learned to trust my own gut despite the lack of scientific logic. It has served me well over the years so it plays a big part in many of my decision making.

      Cheers~

      Mark