Head, Gut or Fear: Which one do you listen to?

Shortly after one of our many moves, I was asked to serve on a local board.  One of the board members that I got to spend a lot of time with was a smart, energetic woman that ran a local literacy coalition.

Each one of us brought different knowledge, experiences and strengths to our conversations but we shared a vision and a passion.

After one of our long meetings of turning over rocks, looking at squiggly things underneath them, and brainstorming solutions, she made the comment that when we spent time together it felt more like playing than work.  (I felt the same way.)

Isn’t it awesome when you can pour energy into something, think deeply, challenge yourself or learn something new that several hours later instead of feeling tired you feel energized, focused and hopeful?


With that in mind ~ Today I want to invite you to play with me.

I’m working on a project that has me turning over rocks to better understand intuition and the truth that our gut “just knows.”  

Head Gut Fear

I’ve been reading articles.

In this process, several questions have crossed my mind.  Will you check the questions out and share your thoughts on any or all of them?

You are welcome to comment on the blog, on social media or to send me a private email at gegelmanjc at gmail dot com

  1. Please share a time that you did not listen to your gut and you later regretted it.
  2. Please share a time you did listen to your gut and what happened.
  3. Have you ever struggled to discern the difference:  Between what your head says, what your gut says and what your fears/preconceived notions say?  …If so, what do you do?  …And which one do you listen to?

Thank you!  I look forward to hearing from you!

President, Giana Consulting

Chery Gegelman is an adventurer that loves to learn. ...Deep conversations, books, travel, and daily living are all food for growth.

As a speaker, facilitator and workshop leader she creates energizing environments that reflect God's grace, tear down walls, help people to consider new perspectives, and inspire change.

Chery is the Founder of Giana Consulting and Conversation Safari's, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

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4 thoughts on “Head, Gut or Fear: Which one do you listen to?

  1. Great questions! When it comes to the major decisions in my life, I’ve listened to my gut…for me, it’s been a nagging voice that will not go away even when I’ve made the “logical decision with my head.” That still, small voice is the most persistent little voice in the world IF I shut down the noise around me to hear it.

    Great quest that you are on, and I know you’ll come up with some great answers!

  2. In my younger days I didn’t realize the consequences of some of the decisions I made with my gut that went wrong. So as I grew older fear of making the wrong decision moved me to making more decisions with logic and not my gut.
    The challenge is to overcome the fear of making bad choices because you will spend a lot of time saying what if when you are too locigal.

    • Tom – Thank you for sharing your experience! It is interesting to see how each of us makes choices from our natural strengths and how we learn to adjust our decision making process based on our experiences. My natural reaction is to make decisions with my heart. Years in business taught me to use more logic. Time has taught me to value and listen to the wisdom found in the gut.