My Gullible Gut

Trust Your GutHow many times have you heard the phrase “go with your gut” or “trust your gut?” I used to think that way myself but I stopped a long time ago. Why? Because my gut is really gullible, my gut would believe anything!

I’ve never met a business idea, an investment, or a person I didn’t like, at least not at first. It’s called giving people the benefit of the doubt but I’ve changed and now try to give myself the benefit of doubting. I’ve become more careful, with a need to research and investigate before making a decision. That’s a good thing. If more of us investigated, asked the hard questions, then I’m sure our win rate would increase.

For someone like me who is optimistic and sees the benefit rather than the risk, balance is necessary. I have that balance in my wife, Julie. Sometimes I think she goes too far to the other extreme, skeptical and pessimistic about everything, and I mean everything, but I need that.

As I begin the investigation phase of my latest What Next venture, I present the positive aspects and Julie shoots them down. She has really good aim. If I can convince her, then I’m sure I’ve thought of everything, looked at every option, and can be confident that we should continue moving forward.

How is your gut? (I’m not asking if you have a six pack or not) Do you adhere to the adage, go with your gut? Let me know in the comments area below.

Posted in General, Success, Taking Action and tagged , , , , by with 3 comments.


  • Martina says:


    As I advance in years and experience, I have found that my gut, mind and heart have become much more aligned. My mind has become more discerning, my heart more perceptive and my gut more sensitive. So, I suppose the short answer is that I do not trust my gut alone. I let it listen to all the other input, and then it (we) can give an answer. If any one of the systems feels out of synch, then my gut will usually say no. Not perfect, but I have a few years left of maturing. 🙂


    • AJ says:

      Great insight Martina. Thanks for your comment. Your point about your mind, heart, and gut aligning is right on. Early in my career I could easily let the gut take the lead but as I have more to wager I need the input of the others as you point out. The mind is my researcher, the heart is my navigator, and the gut is my gatekeeper. Thanks!

  • nancy boan says:

    I’ve used that phrase myself. Nothing takes the place of a good investigation but I’ve learned to also trust what I feel. If I find that I’m talking myself into something just for the sake of moving forward, I’ll feel that…..and I’ll think twice about it until my head and my guts are on the same page.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *