Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 16, 2012

Why Doing What you Feel Like Doing Might Be The Right Thing After All.

There’s nothing wrong with doing something simply because you “feel” like it’s the right thing to do. All too often we are quick to adopt someone else’s “guaranteed seven step business plan” in the hope that it produces better results than our own gut instinct.

We readily accept terminology like “best practices” and are quick to condemn anything that doesn’t have a “process” or “predictable outcome”.

This is learned behavior.

We weren’t born this way.

But while it is ignorant and naïve to criticize this behavior simply because it is “learned”, the mystery of self-trust as a whole does beg discussion. Especially since it often leads to flawed outcomes and crippled personal performance.

Call it your “gut” or your “sixth sense” or “being in tune”. Regardless of what you call it, your brain is wired to instantaneously (and quite accurately) predict outcomes.

We know two things after thousands of hours of observing how the human brain makes decisions. First, your initial reaction to a situation is the most honest view you have. Second, your first idea for solving a problem is often your best.

In other words, gut instinct is a powerful force working on your behalf. So it’s smart to be aware of it and follow your primal opinions.  Remember, facts are only observations that turned out to be true in hindsight.

Instead of spending long amounts of time confusing yourself with esoteric possibilities and hypothetical outcomes before making decisions, keep it “lean and mean”.

Just do what you think you should do.

Listen to how you feel about something. If it feels right, then do it.

This all assumes that you believe in something. That you have a mission, a purpose for living. A goal to shoot for. Guidelines to live by. And friends who are willing to help you get back up when you fall down and hurt yourself.

By the way, it’s okay to not know why you feel like you should be doing something. It’s uncomfortable to execute a hard decision when you don’t have any facts on your side. Just your gut instinct.  But that might be a sign that you’re on to something big. You’re about ready to take a giant step forward.  You’re exploring new territory.

Just because no one’s done it before doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be the first. Just because the facts don’t rally behind your dream doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.

Listen to yourself.

Lead yourself.

Ignore everything else.

About the author

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.