Steps to Management Success – Step 126: Trust Your Instincts

Written By Rick Frishman Published April 15th, 2010

STEP ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-SIX

Trust Your Instincts

When you make decisions, listen to that little voice inside you. It knows what it’s talking about! Examine all the alternatives, take your time, but don’t dismiss your first reactions unless major doubts persist that convince you that you were wrong. Be true to yourself and don’t discard deeply held feelings simply because others don’t understand.

WHAT IT MEANS: Often, when we react quickly, strongly, and can’t immediately explain our reasoning, we second-guess ourselves and question the validity of our initial feelings. We may be afraid that we acted too quickly, impulsively, emotionally, or without sufficient reasons. Trust yourself; your instincts are not just whims or brainless, superficial responses that just popped out of your head. They are the products of your accumulated knowledge, experience, feelings, and wisdom. The fact that we can’t readily explain them should not invalidate them. Experience has shown that our instincts are usually right.

ACTION PLAN: When you instinctively react, let time intervene. Try not to think about, belabor, or implement your decision. Time has a mysterious way of providing the right answers and removing unnecessary doubt. Let your initial reactions sink in, and live with them before making those decisions final. Then, if you still have nagging doubts or others convince you to the contrary, you still can change your mind.

EVEN BETTER: Don’t reveal your instinctive reactions. Instead, say that you need additional time. Then, let your reactions percolate and subject them to the test of time. If they continue to feel right, implement them. If not, try something else.

(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)


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