Making Decisions With Your Head, Heart and Gut!


by Kevin Watson



When faced with making decisions, do you find yourself torn between your head and your heart?

And how about your gut feeling, how often does your head and heart wrestle with that?

If this is a familiar experience for you when making decisions, then here is something you can use. It’s designed to tap into the intelligence of your head, heart and gut to seek a more balanced and informed way to reach decisions.

Firstly, take a few moments to recognise each of these parts of you.

The head is your conscious mind, the part of you that makes judgements, analyses logically and computes solutions based on these.

The heart is the part of you that emits emotions, the full passion – love and hate. It can, of course, appear illogical and irrational to your conscious mind.

Then there’s the gut, the part of you where intuition resides. This is often the loudest part, yet is mostly ignored by both your head and heart!

Never apologise for trusting your intuition – your brain can play tricks, your heart can blind, but your gut is always right.Rachel Wolchin

When faced with a problem or dilemma, it is useful to check in with each of these parts, asking what response each has to the situation you face. Compare and contrast the difference, and similarity, to each response you get.

Of course, you need to be open to what comes back, as it may simply be a feeling, colour or some abstract response that you (your conscious mind) will not immediately draw meaning from. Oh, be aware that your head will often jump right on in and give you what it thinks the other part is saying!

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You can use these parts of you as an ecology check for any solutions you come up with, too. Check-in with each one and have them rate your idea on a scale of 1 to 5 – where 1 is totally unsatisfactory and 5 is totally satisfactory.

Then notice how each one rates the idea before seeking any necessary alternatives to overcome any objections.

Making this a regular practice will help keep you in balance and avoid wrestling when you’re making decisions, particularly the tough ones!


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Kevin Watson

Kevin is a highly experienced Leadership Coach and acts as Consultant to several boards of global organisations, as well as local business owners. He is passionate about making a difference by enabling and encouraging leaders who want to create and sustain meaningful change in themselves and the organisation.



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