Taking a leap of faith and trusting your gut takes courage, but it used to be standard operating practice. Intuition and instinct kept humans safe for thousands of years, but as we’ve evolved, we’ve learned to lean on data, learned responses, and education in decision making, discrediting our gut as dangerous, says Antonia Hock, global head of The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center. “Instinct is a powerful data point that can be a treasure trove of untapped generational knowledge in decision making,” she says.
It’s important to point out that the alternative to trusting your gut isn’t making an infallible rational decision, says Dr. Tasha Holland-Kornegay, founder of Wellness in Real Life, a wellness tech site that addresses burnout in the healthcare industry.
“It’s just a decision that takes more deliberation,” she says. “Our brains always use logic and emotions to come to conclusions. We can’t escape the fact that we’re all prone to biases and fallacious thinking. That said, we all strive to make the smartest decision in any given circumstance, and sometimes trusting out gut feeling is the best way to do that.”
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