If you’ve experienced more than just a few short years on this planet, as I suspect you have, you’ve likely had enough experiences to conclude that trust–real, honest trust–is difficult to gain and very easy to lose. So why, then, are we so hesitant to trust ourselves and so easily willing to trust others?
How often have you found yourself in a situation in when you are dealing with another individual–regardless of whether it’s in a professional or personal context–who didn’t give off good vibes? Something, somewhere inside of you told you that you shouldn’t trust this person, for seemingly no other reason than the pit-like feeling you get in your stomach when they speak to you. And, in those instances, how often did you decide you ought to trust your fellow man over your own instincts? I’d wager a hefty bet that almost all of us have been burned by another person simply because we trusted them too much for our own good–effectively ignoring our sense of intuition telling us “stop!”
As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, we often don’t realize just how scientific and intricate a process our intuition is. Without even realizing it, our brains are running a mile a minute, processing everything our eyes, ears and noses are taking in and spitting out a logical, contrived solution or decision that is based in fact rather than simple guesswork.
However what we often do is disregard this “gut feeling” that we get all so often in favor of an inherent desire for well-thought, logical, precise and scientific decision-making, failing to recognize that our intuition is based in science and fact!
Scientific studies that are firmly grounded in reality have shown that our intuition can, and often is, right, even when we don’t know it. Trusting your gut can be beneficial to you even in ways you’re not aware of. In 2008, the Max Planck Institute for Human Development tested a group of people’s intuitive skills by asking them to choose stocks based only on gut instincts and which they had heard of. They then compiled those portfolios and pitted them against a group of similar portfolios compiled by stock market experts. What happened in the end? Those who simply went with their gut and picked based on name only fared better than the “experts.” This is believed to be because the first group tended to pick stocks they had heard were doing well even if they didn’t realize that’s why they were doing it. That is your intuition at work!
Once you’ve worked to hone in your intuitive skills it becomes more and more important to begin placing your trust in them. As I’ve said numerous times and will not hesitate to reiterate, your intuition is often based on facts, but at a subconscious level. These tidbits of info are picked up by your brain without you having to cognitively think about it and filed away for use when you need them, whether it’s making stock selections or backing out of a business partnership with a man about whom you’ve got a bad feeling.
If there’s anyone out there you should be trusting, it’s you. So start putting some faith into your intuition to guide you to the right decision next time you get a gut feeling.