What if TRUTH is FIRST discerned in your GUT?

I live more than 7,000 miles from my home, in an expat compound on the other side of the world.

Shortly after we moved here, one of my neighbors was venting about a conflict he had with another neighbor. In the midst of his anger he said, “I don’t know how the compound can let people live here that don’t have any integrity.”

Hit the pause button.


Replay… “I don’t know how the compound can let people live here that don’t have any integrity.”

Even the biggest corporations and most powerful law enforcement agencies haven’t figured out how to accomplish that!

  • A DNA test – may help you eliminate people based on your prejudices but it absolutely can’t test integrity.
  • Lie detector tests aren’t foolproof.
  • And background checks can only verify if someone has ever been caught.

Other traditional options:

  • Give blind trust to everyone. And waste tons of energy raging or grieving when someone deceives you.
  • Be suspicious of everyone and let energy leak slowly from you.
  • Review the data and trust your logic.
  • Have a conversation with the person in question and trust your heart.

OR consider an option they don’t teach in school…

In our new book Energize Your Leadership I share a very powerful discovery that emerged in the midst of a three-year period of time that started with lies and loss.

That discovery instigated this question…

And that question triggered a flood of memories from my life when my gut had communicated truth that was in direct opposition with logic.  (Alarms about physical danger, cues on how to be a better leader, warnings about bad hiring decisions, nudges on how to leverage my gifts to serve others at a higher level.)  …Sometimes I’d listened. Sometimes I had not.  Causing me to wonder how much energy I would have saved by learning to tune into my gut at a higher level.

Have you ever:

  • Been deceived?
  • Struggled to discern the truth using only data and your logic?
  • Regretted not listening to your gut?

When I polled my social media circle, 100% of the people that responded said they have regretted not listening to their gut. (…Even if they’ve never considered that truth may be discerned there first.)

Energize Your Leadership e book and paperbackIf you are a corporate professional, a working parent, or a small business owner that has ever needed more wisdom and energy. I encourage you to check out our new book. It is filled with the true stories of 16 people that have worn those shoes and experienced energy sapping challenges as we worked to be successful in business and in life.

You will relate, you will be encouraged, you will be inspired, and you will gain practical and actionable advice.


President, Giana Consulting

Chery believes that:
• Anyone can be a leader.
• Everyone knows something that the rest of us don’t.
• We all need to leave our workplaces, communities, nation and world – better than we found them.

Those beliefs caused her to instigate change from every position she ever had and continually provided opportunities to lead system-wide change from the middle and the edge of organizations.

Her faith and my firm belief that leaders need to walk their talk were the reasons she agreed to move to a part of the world that she once feared. As an expat she embraced daily opportunities to meet and learn from people that represent the nations in our world.

Today Chery is The Founder of Giana Consulting, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

She leverages true leadership stories and expat experiences to inform, inspire and emphasize life skills that cause her clients to be more energized and productive.

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2 thoughts on “What if TRUTH is FIRST discerned in your GUT?

  1. I love this topic and wish I understood it far better. I attended a seminar at least 25 years ago on this topic. I was aware then that my gut often told me things that I either listened to and was glad or ignored and was unhappy. That’s a long time ago and I still have not mastered the ability to listen to my gut in many instances. I remember the speaker talking about ways to increase how adept we became at listening to our gut and using intuition. I’ve gotten better at it over the years but I think it’s more maturity and being able to think things through than gut level discernment.

  2. This lesson eluded me for far too long! But your story somehow imprinted it deeper for me so thank you for that Chery.

    Has me thinking though…Perhaps THE truth isn’t discerned first our our gut but OUR truth most certainly is. Even animals react to the energy of others. I’ve learned to pay attention when my dogs have a negative reaction to a person. it’s often a clue that someone is not as they seem.