Trusting Your Instincts

Trusting Your Instincts

Do you ever feel you should act in a certain manner but you are unsure why? Let’s call that your instincts talking to you. I think this happens all of the time. Your past experience and knowledge are important guides to decision-making but sometimes all you have to rely upon are your gut feelings or instincts.

The key is to put yourself in a position to be able to listen to those instincts. Many times in our lives important crossroads are reached and decisions need to be made. Whenever I am able to hear what my instincts are telling me, I make better decisions.

There was one time, however, that listening to my instincts would have been fatal. I had embarked on a hot air balloon ride over the Arizona desert. It was a beautiful sunny day and I was having a wonderful time until my instincts told me to jump out of the balloon. I am not referring to a passing whim but an intense desire to jump and feel the wind rushing past my face.

The instinct became stronger and stronger. I moved to the centre of the basket and looked up at the giant balloon. For one of the few times in my life, I felt a complete lack of control. It was terrifying! The ten minutes it took to land were the longest I can remember. When the basket touched the ground, I jumped onto solid ground. I will never fly on a hot air balloon ride again.

I came up with a new rule regarding listening to my instincts. Good contact hitters or those people who make meaningful connections with other people, listen to their instincts once their brain has approved them for take-off.

Find a way to listen to your instincts. They are important tools in your decision-making process and can be invaluable when trying to connect with people.

If you would like to read more about my thoughts on listening to your instincts, including one of the most important connections I ever made with another person, look for my new book (Making Contact) coming out in February, 2012. There is a chapter called, “Are Your Instincts Trustworthy.”


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