I just had a series of events that reconfirmed for me that we must listen to the voice in our stomachs that I have been writing and talking about for two decades. That's not to say that when an idea, an event, a choice appears that we don't analzye it. Of course, we have to do our due diligence, find out the informal scoop as well as the formal assessments.
Then we must allow for 'simmering' time. Not simmering with anger..but the 'simmering' on the stove that makes a delicious stew because all the ingredients blended to perfection and taste. There are people who try to outshout that voice in our guts. And they are smart, well-spoken and make all the sense in the world. But... and it's a BIG BUT... when it still doesn't feel right; it isn't! Ignore their smooth talking. I already made this mistake for both of us.
Identify someone who is really on YOUR team and 100% supports you, whose opinion you trust and who has no attachment to the outcomes. Run your thoughts by that person and forget what others may say. You still may decide to move foward even if that person disagrees... but at least you sought smart input.
As a speaker and author I have had many colleagues tell me that I must always sell books and audiobooks after a speech. Now , "THEY" (whoever 'they' are), are telling me that I ought to sell white papers off my website, consulting, coaching ad nauseum. Wish I could. Wish I would want to do that. Maybe some day I will but for right now... I don't.
What I have learned is that savvy networkers have an inner compass that guides them. The heroes of How To Create Your Own Luck: The "You Never Know" Approach paid attention and honored their inner compasses and that's is one of the reasons they were able to see and seize the situations of serendiptiy and turn them into success.
Paying attention to our guts means that we avoide GUT-wrenching results.
Any interesting stories from The "Gut/intuition/innervoice" files?