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Trusting Your Gut Instincts

April 12, 2010
by Scott Levitt ·  

Scott’s Thoughts: Your Good Gut
Practice trusting your instincts

“Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.”  –Katherine Mansfield

There is a time for consensus and a time for bold action. A time to survey everyone you know, and a time to embrace the voice within. While you are often right to ask about others’ experiences, you must also hone your ability to be decisive and execute quickly.

Surely one of the shortcuts to success is avoiding common mistakes, but perpetual caution can lead to “decision paralysis.” If you are prone to procrastination, one way you may be disguising your procrastination is in the habit of “gathering all available opinions” on a subject. There comes a point where getting good advice provides diminishing returns. Surely you must act at some point!

Cultivating the ability to trust in your own instincts comes from practice, and practice you must. In real estate, you will often find yourself in situations where there simply isn’t time for a company-wide survey on an issue. Plus, your self-confidence will soar when you make a habit of exercising your decision-making muscles. If you don’t, you’ll become susceptible to “crowd thinking” on every issue, and often the crowd is simply wrong. (I’ve touched on this in the past in my post on “Ignoring Your Critics“).

Yes, you’ll make bad decisions at times. But you’ll also make bad decisions after the best advice, too. So what do you have to lose?

Embrace your good gut more often.

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