“Do you always trust your guts when making important decisions?”
When making important decisions there are three areas to consider; intellect, emotion, and intuition. For example, when deciding between option A and B I consult my intuitions (gut feelings), then I reason out the options (intellect), and then I investigate my feelings (emotions) regarding the options and my intellectual and intuitive positions. If all three areas “agree” with option A, and I am prepared to be responsible and accountable for the decision I am about to make, then I proceed with my choice. In other words, I have to own my decision and ensure that I keep my intellectual, emotional, and intuitive self-awareness in balance. I never make decisions on the basis of one area only. A decision made on the basis of intuition only is a decision made in haste.
Intuition: I have a hunch about option A.
Intellect: I can explain the benefits of option A as opposed to option B.
Emotion: I feel confident with my intuitive and intellectual positions and I am happy to choose option A.
Responsibility: I am responsible for making my choice; it is up to me to do this.
Accountability: If I choose poorly it is always my fault, not yours.