We now know that our heart, stomach and brain are all directly connected. We also know that cells similar to brain cells have been found in the heart and the stomach. Some people already know they think with their stomach or always followed their heart. The rest of us have been playing catch up.
That gut feeling you get is based on sound evidence. It's not wishy, washy or namby, pamby, it is a true reflection of what your unconscious brain is trying to tell you: "step away from the deal, don't recruit that person, I'm not sure I can trust him/her" etc.
Whever you have gone against your gut feeling it has gone horribly wrong. Whenever you go with your gut feeling, it usually goes right - it might not be the easiest path to take, but it's the right one.
When our modern world has encouraged us to consider the evidence, trust data and listen to logic and reason, it's no wonder most of us have lost touch with how we feel about decisions, changes, people or companies and yet, great leader after great leader will tell you that they trust their instincts, then consider the data afterwards.
Even then, it's often the instincts that win because, as every analyst knows, data can be manipulated and read to suit our beliefs about a situation or person.
How do you encourage your brain to listen to your feelings?
You spend time in uptime. It's about creating space in your head to relax. You brain needs time out to process the millions and millions of pieces of information it gathers every second (your unconscious brain gathers around 40m bits of information per second, whilst your conscious brain gathers only 40). Day dreaming, staring out of the window, your commute home, a walk with the dog, reading to the kids, cooking dinner, exercise, walking round the block, getting a good night's sleep - all of these seemingly mindless activities are all in fact juice for the brain. Good juice that oils the wheels of your thinking and allows your brain to do what it does best: solve the puzzle by making the connections.
So, if your short on ideas, are struggling to make a decision, wondering whether to sign the deal, take the candidate, take the job or trust the person, forget about it for a while. Maybe a day or so. Then let the answer emerge because it will and you'll be amazed about how right that answer feels.
If you're still stuck, have a go at living with the decision one way - 24 hours should do it. Then live with the decision as though you made it the other way. You'll know pretty quickly which one feels right.
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