Go With Your Gut

I recently discovered an amazing book by Danielle LaPorte called The Fire Starter Sessions. This book is all about getting real with your MoJo and not futzing around. It’s about not beating yourself up for what you did or didn’t do and letting go of the unrealistic goals you’re not all that invested in anyway. It is a free pass out of Guilt City with a side of hilarious passion promotion.

trust your gut

Here is what she calls The Eight Second Rule

“My personal theory is that you get ample intuitive information about someone in the first, say, eight seconds of meeting them. If your antennae are honed, if you’ve made a practice of following your instincts, then you know in the first handshake; you know when someone shows up two minutes early or two minutes late; you know from the sound of their voice on the other end of the phone; you know from the tone of their email. Somewhere in your being, you just know. Like or dislike. Open or closed. Curious or careful. Eight seconds.

Pay close attention. There is a Buddhist saying:

As in the beginning,

So in the middle,

So in the end.”

When you think about it, you already knew that. But it is great to get, in writing, permission to trust that first gut instinct. Go ahead and put your guard up. You don’t have to give them a chance for the sake of being fair or nice or rational. You can trust your instincts. Well, maybe take them for a test drive first. Think of some situations that went badly. Did you have a sense from the start or were you completely surprised. Were there signs you missed. You might need to spend some time teaching yourself how to speak the language of your intuition.

What you might be reading as giddy excitement, may actually be your instincts shouting “RUN!!”

bad feeling

Just sayin’.

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2 responses to “Go With Your Gut

  • Brenda Marroy

    I learned this concept from Maya Angelou. She says, “When someone tells you who they are, believe them.”
    I have had instances where I’ve known immediately that I could not stay in someone’s presence. Intuition really knows and senses…all we have to do is pay attention. Good post.

    • lifeandfriendship

      We are so conditioned to be nice that we begin to distrust that voice. I think we need to rewrite the rule book! “Be nice if you get a good vibe,” is much better advice “and if you don’t then steer clear.”

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