My wife and I were discussing something yesterday after I asked for her input. After a few minutes of discussion she made a comment that really made me stop and think. She told me that I make more decisions just based off of my gut feeling than anyone she has ever known.
Now my wife and I have been together for about 10 years and we have known each other for over 20, so I think she has a pretty good “read” on me by now.
I really stopped to think about this, seriously, pondered over it for well over an hour last night trying to think of all the decisions lately that I have made purely on my instinct and not based on some sort of fact or research.
My conclusion, she was right. I do make a ton of decisions based purely on how I feel about them. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, most of the decisions that I came up with worked out well, a few didn’t. It almost makes me want to start taking notes on these decisions so in the future I can compile some stats to see if I’m doing the right thing. Although, that might be a little obsessive.
Some of these decisions are small, trivial matters. Others have more impact on me and my family. Or even my job and the work that I produce.
I wonder how many of you have consciously thought about the decisions you make in this manner. Right or wrong I guess it’s just part of our nature.
What really bothered me was the decisions that I made where I chose against my initial instinct and they ended up being wrong choices. How many times have you said, “I should have just went with my gut!”? It’s funny how your first instinct is usually the correct one. I guess maybe I should just embrace that and run with it. After-all, thats what my gut is telling me to do.