There are two ways to make decisions. One is with your eyes. The other is with your gut.
Gut feelings are stronger, quicker, and lead to better results than anything your eyes could ever tell you.
A Sensation In Your Body
A gut feeling is appropriately named because the sensation feels like it is actually coming from your gut. It isn’t a bodily sensation in the way that hunger or pain are bodily sensations. Gut feelings are not physical in origin. But the sensation you do feel seems to originate in your gut.
Also, a gut feeling might actually come from another place in your body (your heart, for instance), but the point is that this is a feeling that arises from your body, but is not of your body.
It Doesn’t Always Match Your Eyes
What your eyes see and what your gut sees are often two very different things. Your gut might tell you to go for something that your eyes are telling you is dangerous, risky or will cause you embarrassment. Your eyes tend to get caught up in things like that. But your gut sees right past those things to the fulfillment that lies beyond.
Your gut doesn’t necessarily lead you towards the easiest path, but it always leads you towards the one that will give you increased Life – the feeling of being more alive. Don’t let your eyes lead you astray.
Relief vs. Tension
You know you have satisfied your gut when you feel relief after making a decision. You will get this sensation even if you are afraid of what your gut is telling you to do. The relief comes from knowing you are on the right path.
On the other hand, if you choose against your gut feeling, you will feel tension in that area. Even if you feel temporarily safer by going against your gut, that tension tells you that you are going in the wrong direction.