1. Hello...It’s me...
What is your gut-feeling? It could be physical, mental or a combination of the two. Maybe it is something religious, a part of the subconscious or simply intuition. Truth is, nobody has a finite definition, but the beauty is that we all have that gut-feeling, and we all know when it is speaking to us. The question is, do you listen?
2. Trust Issues
The beauty of gut-feelings are that they never change, they never falter and you never have to second guess. Whatever your initial feeling is today, that is what it will be tomorrow. Trust it.
3. Walk by Faith, Not by Sight
Being wrong is a feeling nobody wants, but we will all have to experience it plenty of times. It may paint an unclear picture of your future; a murky path which leaves you unsure of what is at the end of that road. Listen anyway. Trust us, you’ll figure it out.
4. Don’t Get Lost in the Sauce
Today, it feels as if going with your gut is a thing of the past, a lost art. Maybe it’s social media and how easily every decision made is now broadcasted and the ripple effects of consequences echo much louder. But to find your gut-feeling you must first block out all the outside noise. Meditation is your friend.
5. The Secret
There is something about the universe that lets us know when something is right. Your decisions will influence your experiences that will lead you to where you need to be. Trust your gut.
Peace on your Journey - TFG
Making the choice to attend Howard University might have been the first time I truly followed my heart. Initially, I had no idea where I wanted to go to school, I just knew it couldn’t be in Cleveland, Ohio. As an athlete, I was heavily recruited to play Division I football. Outside of that, I was heavily invested in music and my books. I was overwhelmed by my split interests! It was not until I attended accepted students day at Howard University that I felt at home. So I followed that feeling all the way to the “Mecca”.
It was especially hard giving up on an athletic career as my ego was telling me “go be the man”, while my heart (gut) was telling me “go be with your people.” In the end I chose my people, with full faith my heart was in the right place and as a result my life feels amazing!
What I later understood is that it is not always easy to follow your gut, but you realize, on your own time, it is, was, and will always be the best decision you can make.
- Peace, Love, & Blessings - Devon, Cleveland, OH
Since as long as I could remember, I knew my future was football, and when college offers started coming in around senior year the opinions weren't too far behind. Everyone had their stance on my next steps. Some suggested I meet my brother on the field at Cal Berkeley or follow my father's footsteps to UNLV. Or if not, at least stay on the west coast. I mean, I was a true California boy. I had never left the state for more than a week at a time, and I had only seen snow once (barely!). University of Minnesota didn't make sense to anyone, and teachers, parents, and friends were there to remind me just that.
But as the all-knowing teenager I was, I didn't listen to any of them. Instead, I listened to something far more powerful, consistent, and well, my own--my gut. And the only justification I had was: "it just felt right".
Since then, my gut has lead me from Minnesota to the NFL and everywhere in between.
- Nevuary, 20umpteen - Brock, Valencia CA
Less than 1 year ago my life was so different. I had an amazing career as a consultant at IBM that provided affluent income, frequent travel, luxury hotels, and a pretty penny every two weeks. However, through all of my comfort I didn't feel fulfilled. I always felt like there was more and if i kept waiting for it to be presented to me, I may be 40 and sitting at my desk complaining about 30 vacation days per year and a subpar 401k package.
Weeks later my lease termination was approaching and my project contract was ending. I figured this was the perfect time to let go and let God.
In short, I transitioned to the real estate industry which is something I always had a passion for but corporate finance just seemed more appealing during college. The past 7 months have allowed me to establish an LLC, become a licensed realtor/investor, negotiate a 5 figure profit for a real estate transaction, conduct a few motivational speaking engagements and develop my passion for prayer.
Give your gut a chance and live out the unique thoughts only YOU have. Believe in yourself and turn your 'To Do' list into an 'I Did It' list! I promise there will either be a parachute to help you glide or a life raft below to save you from sinking.
- With Appreciation - Jamika, Hampton, Va