Listening to your gut – Under30CEO

Have you ever had a “gut” feeling? Also called a hunch, a feeling, and insight. There’s pretty much everyone. A gut feeling is when you feel very strongly about something even when you can’t see the whole picture. You start saying “I feel in my bones that this is what I should do” and “there is no way for me to be wrong”. But then someone or something comes up and presents you with “information” about why your gut might be wrong. So go ahead with what you think is true just to find out that you were always right and, in your particular situation, the facts were nothing else. At this point you start to say “Why didn’t I just listen to my gut?” And “If I believed myself that what I was thinking was right!” This is called “intuition” and everyone has it. And, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to start paying more attention.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Facts and theories and practice and research are all very important – even important – for the way we conduct our lives and businesses. After all, they are the foundation on which science, mathematics, education, history, and other important aspects of existence are based. We need finite truth to work. We need them to provide us with a stepping stone to success. But when have we stopped believing in ourselves for lack of accurate information? The answer is simple: because insight cannot be observed and measured in a scientific setting, it is not really taken very seriously. And that doesn’t help when data-people come to make sure we don’t step out of line or excel over them – especially entrepreneurs who are going to walk away from their cubicle for the better. Haters

I cannot accurately describe or define insight without saying that it is a kind of primitive survival strategy or a biological and spiritual guide ready to pick the slack where reason and logic can fail. But its purpose is quite impressive. Because if you can honestly say that there is no one else in the world that you can trust, Insight is designed to enable you to believe in yourself.

Screaming from inside “You know more than you know! Just stop using your brain for a minute and listen to what I have to say!

It helps us disassemble the billions of information and stimuli we receive on a daily basis and process only what we need. It keeps us away from that bad client even though he is pouring a lot of money towards us to work with him. It leads us to help hopeless misguided people even though everyone says it is dangerous. More importantly, it restores to us the energy that we seem to have lost in changing the rules, seemingly consistent with the status quo. It restores our ability to trust ourselves, to move beyond safe havens, to make significant mistakes, and to excel.

As an entrepreneur, insight has taken me down some enlightened path of my own. When I first started working for myself a few years ago, I can’t tell you how many people asked me what I was going to do if my business failed. Failed ?! And here it goes … I can feel my bones that I’m going to succeed! I had emotions (I survived and my work breathed) and I had a “gut feeling” that everything was going to be okay, even great. But as the weeks and months went by, I was not succeeding. I am taking job after job to fulfill myself. The argument should have given me up and saved my energy. But my idea was very strong. A couple more months passed. More jobs and not more successful. Arguably I should have stopped paying the site and monthly fees for accounts and subscriptions but I was finishing my small job and I still felt that success was very close. I’ve always asked myself what’s wrong: trying and failing and maybe one day succeeding in something on my own or always working for someone else forever? I always promised the same thing: Promise me you won’t leave. I believe I will never give up. And so I just … kept … going. It turns out that my business was a slow little snail. All that time I was looking for quick money but it was moving at its own pace. It started to go along and I was finally able to quit those small jobs 2 years ago and just become my own boss. And all because my insights taught me to believe in myself and I did.

So remember, the road is long and hard, sometimes frustrating and can be scary.

Someone will come and try to take you away from your purpose and bring them to their side because seeing you go down a strange path is more tiring for them to see than crossing your path. Argument and reasoning will try to gain your favor, and meaning – oh money! – It will make you think twice. But never for a second think that what you are feeling deep in your bones, in your stomach and in the very center of your soul is wrong. It may be somewhat obsolete, it may be somewhat irrational, but it is never wrong. Believe in yourself because you know more than you know.

Chantal Khanis is the founder and CEO of The Premium Consultants Group, Inc. and The Future Mind of Business Project. While she’s not hiring top talent across the country or helping businesses and professionals reach their best organizational power, this former Chicago city girl is living it up with her family, puppies and violins. Twitter: chantal_khan

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