Have you ever decided at the last minute to take a different route to work only to find an accident precisely at the time you would have arrived at your destination if you hadn't? Have you ever gone to dial the phone just as the person you were calling is calling you? Things we may categorize as coincidence and toss to the side may in reality be some of the single most invaluable tools available in life, if we can just learn to trust them.
First impressions have always been an important part of life, whether we are starting a new job, going on a date or when we just have that feeling something may not be right.
As the saying goes, “We only get one chance to make a first impression,” the truth is we are constantly giving and receiving first impressions whether we want to or not.
If we have a feeling another look should be taken at a situation or instinctively feel we have made a wrong decision, trusting our instincts can help in correcting the issue at hand. However, there are better times than others to follow them.
Although many people use their intuition in specific situations such as fishing, blackjack, the horse track, storm watching, etc., for other situations, when you aren’t specifically shooting for any particular outcome, that will be when you will usually find intuition at its best! Accuracy tends to lessen the more a situation becomes analytical or when we try to control someone or something in it.
As each of us has the ability to use their instincts, in cases where there is attempted control, remember other people are going to pick up on that as well, and may be one step ahead of you. More often than not any attempts that had been made will be thwarted and even more likely to backfire, it is just a matter of time!
An example of an instinct that could be followed, may be one where you’re making a salad for dinner, and suddenly feel compelled to get in the car for some reason and do ( If it’s to run and get ice cream, that doesn’t usually count). You may pass your child’s school bus along the way and then feel compelled to stop at the school only to find your child had missed the bus. This can often be followed by, “Mom, we were just trying to call you!”
Keep in mind, if you don't have your cell phone on you, you may appear to be unavailable...
Not to say we should leave a project every time we get a whim, but when the feeling will not go away, gets stronger and stronger or we have a physical reaction to that whim, it may be an indication to listen. And, if you should get that funny feeling in your stomach before or after work to take an alternate route, well, it simply can't hurt and may prove to offer at the very least a change of scenery that happens to be worth the view.