Impulses, Gut Feelings and Inner Guidance, is there really something to trusting Emotion?

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. Steve Jobs, in his famous Stanford University Address Speech.

Ever been impulsive, or intuitive, gone with it, and ended up wonderful places? I certainly have. What is it about people who seem to be true to their selfs and always seem to be living a life beyond anything you’ve ever experienced. What is that?

On the flipside, have you ever done something out of pain or anger (so called impulsively) and made a situation way worse? I know I’ve definitely been there.

Its strange isn’t it? Our emotions seem to run a lot of our lives, as you and I can all agree that there have been times when going with that gut instinct has been the best thing ever, especially in big decisions, when you’re faced with a choice and both seem fairly similar, but one seems brighter, in a way, better feeling, if you know what I mean.

That to me is inner guidance, or emotive decision making. Its why some subjects at school seem so much more fun to us, than others. Its why we choose one career over another. Like it or not a large part of our life is guided by emotion. Isn’t that cool?

Richard Branson, wrote about this in his autobiography, that within thirty seconds of meeting someone he could tell with his gut feeling whether he liked the person or not. Thats fast. I’m sure you’ve had that experience too. What I’m getting at here is that you, me and each of, has this inner guidance that seems to know what is the right choice for us, at any point in time. The main dilemma is listening to it.

To a degree I was, you probably were, we all to some level have been educated and socialised out of trusting this guidance (at least most of us) to conform to what (supposedly) society, parents and peer groups expect of us.

Today, take it back. Take your own judgment as your own truth, trust it, listen to it, and see where it takes you.

Enjoy the ride.

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