October 2022     Edition 165
Critical Thinking, Gut, Intuition and your Heart
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At the risk of being controversial

, let
s clear the table here ... your Gut digests food, your Heart pumps blood, neither thinks, and there
s really no such thing as
Intuition
.  OMG !

 

BUT wait a minute

.  We often make decisions, some really good ones, on our
gut feeling
, or as Luke Skywalker and Hans Solo would say,
I
ve got a bad feeling about this
.   I
ve heard many times,
follow your gut
or
what does your heart tell you
?

 

So where does critical thinking come in

, as one might argue these other decision mechanisms don
t involve a lot of conscious thought and that
s the key.  Conscious thought.

 

When your

Gut

or

Intuition

is guiding you

, behind the scenes, i.e. in your brain, are experiences from the past, ideas about what you
re currently experiencing, reading, listening to, and facts, and from these your brain is making certain assumptions about what might be or what might happen.  These assumptions your brain is making, unbeknownst to your conscious self, IS your
Gut
and
Intuition

 

When does your

Heart

come in to play?  

My heart tells me
is often driven by one of your core values.  For example, maybe an analysis leads you to a decision about reducing your staffing levels, but your heart might be telling you otherwise.  In this case, maybe your
Heart
is about your core values of doing the best you can for your employees.

 

When your Gut and Intuition is talking to you

, it might be worthwhile to dig a little deeper by asking one question:
What experiences have I had, and what is the current situation that is driving my assumptions about what is or what will be and what are those assumptions?
.   This will bring some critical thinking into the process and give you the confidence that your
Gut
is on the right track, or give you reason to pause.

 

The Takeaway
:  When you have a Gut feeling, or your Intuition or Heart is speaking, don
t ignore them, but do take a moment to raise your thinking to a more conscious level by asking about the assumptions you might be making.  This will provide confidence in your
Gut
  or an understanding that you might need to check on a few things before you move forward.

 

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