Going with your gut can be a tricky thing. Sometimes you’re right, and other times you couldn’t be more wrong. After much trial and much more error, there are about 10 instances where listening to your gut is your best bet. Don’t underestimate it–instinct is one of the most powerful tools we have in making decisions, because they help us consider what we’re doing. As long as you know what you’re doing, whatever ensues will benefit you in one way or another. Believe in yourself, and see which ten instances are those in which you should rely on your immediate inclination for guidance.
One more drink often leads to one more regret. Some of us take life with a grain of salt…others take it with a grain of salt, a slice of lime, and tequila shots. The decisions people make when they’re drunk obviously are different from the decisions people make when they’re sober. Go with your gut before you get too carried away. If there’s a little bit of doubt, don’t drink. Seriously consider your decision to drink in the first place if it makes you feel worse than how you are when you’re sober.
If it makes anyone feel better, the bar or the club are places that have cultivated very accepting atmospheres. We all get crazy, we all do things we said we wouldn’t do. And we all know how good we look at 2 a.m.
2. Munchies, drunchies…just food
When you’re out with friends, you know that cheesesteaks and hot wings aren’t going to help you maintain your figure, but hey, we all gotta eat, right? Oh wait, then the next morning comes and you’re on the brink of a breakdown because you feel like you’ve just injected more cellulite into your legs than you had before. Listen to your gut when it tells you to eat, but surround yourself with healthier options. Next time skip out on the milkshake, or opt for a healthier option like a protein shake with tons of fruit like blueberries in it.
3. Losing your temper
This one’s tricky–many of us hate losing our cool, but sometimes people need to be put in their place. Turning into a complete maniac when you’re upset is the easiest route, but it’s not the best one. There’s nothing wrong with spitting fire, so long as you keep your composure whilst doing so. Sometimes people need to be put in their place, but most of the time when we act on anger, we think less rationally and are less capable of forming coherent arguments than we would if we were in a calmer state of mind. Plus, if people see you get upset, all they see is a guy who has anger issues, or a girl who’s a total bitch. Next time you feel hotheaded, cool down by splashing your face with cold water, or doing some deep breathing to get oxygen flowing to your brain.
4. Keeping your mouth shut
Word vomit–almost as bad as actual vomit. When your inner self tells your outside self to keep it quiet, shut the f*ck up.
You know when you hook up with someone and you can sense that this person will either impact your life tremendously, or will only pass as a nameless one night stand? Or how you know something is going to go terribly wrong or when things will work out in your favor with whoever you’re seeing? That’s your gut trying to give you a heads up. Listen to it, because it’ll help detangle you from crushing even harder than you already are on your hookup, or it could help you prepare for a brighter future with that person.
Accept that job offer, or quit your job if you’re so miserable. There are plenty of opportunities out there if you go out and meet people with similar interests. Money may be the motive, but happiness is the objective. Do what you want to do, and love it, and remember that there are people out there who are willing to help you. Next time an offer rolls around and you like the sounds of it, do your research on what you’ll be doing, and if you really like it, pounce on it!
Along the lines of the whole dating and hookup spiel, relationships take a lot of gut, a lot of communication, and a lot of faith to make work. Be in love, and be happy. If you aren’t happy, then that’s a red flag to get the hell out of that relationship. Otherwise, take each other’s hands, and lead each other.
8. Saving Money
Can’t really speak for the superfluous spender, but when it comes to money, make sure you save more than you spend. How many times have you seen something you know you don’t need at all, but you buy anyway for the f*ck of it? Yeah, stop doing that. Go with the voice inside your head that’s telling you not to buy something useless.
9. Say hi
Grow a pair and say hi to the cute guy or girl checking you out! If you don’t take the initiative to walk up to someone and say “hi” to them, then you’re cheating yourself out of an opportunity to get to know someone completely new who may actually turn out to be someone very close to you in the future!
10. Take the road less traveled
If you want to let your GPS know who’s boss, let it know. If you get lost, then that’ll be one more place you’ll remember. One thing to remember is that our gut instinct isn’t necessarily 100% reliable, but it is a powerful tool. Let it guide you physically and mentally to places you’ve never been to before. Learn when to follow your head, and when to follow your heart.
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