Are your Instincts making good choices?

"To find yourself, think for yourself." - Socrates

You Hear It Everywhere

"Listen to your intuition."

"Trust your gut."

But what happens if you’re not in tune with your instincts? Maybe you’re afraid of every little thing, or you’re so optimistic you think the fairy godmother will arrive on your doorstep this time.

It could be your true feelings, or those gut instincts are so distorted you can’t tell the difference.


What does an instinct or hunch look like? We’re taught our entire lives to overlook our intuition and that we should think things through logically. However, your instincts are thoughts, too. Your instincts are also feelings you have in a deep-seated part of you.

Learning how to recognize these feelings from the thought-based reactions will help you make good decisions for a happy, healthy life.

Instinct versus Thinking

Humans have been developing their senses for millions of years. Impulses we have from our instincts or gut reaction are often deep and the most likely to be what we truly want.

When you rely on your thoughts to make a decision, you might have a tendency to second-guess yourself.

The difference between thought and feeling is sometimes difficult to see. “I’m going to die” is a thought, while panic is a feeling or a sensation.

When you are faced with making a decision, you need to tap into your feelings or the sensations the decision is producing in your gut. Don’t look at the emotional reactions to your thoughts. Instead feel the sensation the decision gives you.

Recall a positive situation you’ve had in the past. Now, think about how you felt. Were you smiling and relaxed? Did you have a warm, fuzzy feeling you couldn’t explain? Those are feelings.

Of course, you want to make sure you aren’t under stress, pressured or in love when you are going with your gut to make a decision. You should always be in a calm, relaxed state when accessing your instinct so you don’t end up making a rash choice.

Tuning into your feelings, those gut-wrenching instincts that we all have, will help guide you into making good decisions.