Do you feel and follow your instincts?
Itâ€™s cold, dark and raining. Youâ€™re tired, hungry and far from home.
A car pulls up: bright, inviting. The clean-cut driver smiles.
He offers a lift â€“ just into town. Nora Jones croons.
It looks safe, but something in you goes click.
â€˜No, thank you.â€™
Having endured the GFC, we may be tempted to take the first ride that comes our way.
But is it in our best interests to do so?
At first blush, gut feelings and cool business decisions seem diametrically opposed.
Until we recall that business revolves around humans â€“ a complex and volatile species.
In the cut-throat world of commerce, could our sixth sense be our most valuable?
Iâ€™ve talked about sacking clients, letting them die on the vine and saying â€˜noâ€™ when weâ€™d rather say â€˜yesâ€™.
Now Iâ€™d like to discuss the strong feeling I get when Iâ€™m certain something just isnâ€™t going to work out.
I want to know if you feel it too.
Heart & mind
I felt it a while ago, after three rounds of passive-aggressive email pong with a business contact.
The feeling started in my head, breaking my concentration for work. So I rode to the pool.
After a kilometre, I was in â€˜the zoneâ€™. Suddenly I thought about the emails again. My stroke broke, my speed bled and my body sank in the water.
By thinking of other stuff, I got going again, but the same thing happened twice more.
That night I couldnâ€™t sleep for ages.
When I did, I dreamt about someone whoâ€™d proved to be very â€˜bad newsâ€™ in the past.
On waking at 4 am, heart pounding and guts knotted, I knew I couldnâ€™t deal with this person any more.
Severing contact was un-fun. From the moment I did, however, I started to feel better in every way.
It took another full day to regain my mojo, but the relief was acute.
- Does your gut have feelings about dealings?
- If so, how do they manifest?
- Have you followed them and been proven right?
- Have you ignored them and gone wrong?
I yearn for your input.
However wrenching :)