Don't second guess yourself.
Have you ever been in a situation when you're not really sure how to act, but there's a little voice in the corner of your mind whispering thoughts into your ear? That's your instinct, defined by Wikipedia as "the inherent inclination of a living organism towards a particular complex behavior."
Sometimes, we tend to ignore that little voice, opting to do the opposite of what it tells us. But usually, it's a good idea to follow your instincts. Following these five instincts, especially, is important. Why? Because it can change your life dramatically. Here are five instincts you should always trust.
1. "This seems dangerous..."
Our gut has a tendency to let us know when something isn't right, and it's wise to listen. Your intuition calls upon every life lesson you've ever had in this life and helps you make an informed decision. If something doesn't seem safe or if you feel like it could become dangerous, don't do it.
2. "This feels right!"
You'll experience this a lot in your life. You'll get this feeling on a date, buying a car, buying a house, or working at a new job. No doubt about it. If it feels right, stick with it. Listen to your gut.
3. "I'm a natural at this!"
I remember the first time I ever picked up a paintbrush. I was 10 and in an art class. Immediately, my teacher and I both recognized I had a knack for it. I was a born artist! A real natural. One of my greatest regrets is not going to art school. It's a gut instinct I didn't follow. Learn from my mistake.
4. "I need to stop and help this person..."
There might be a time when you see a person in need and, even though it won't do anything to serve you, you just know they need help. Maybe it's someone struggling with homework or someone who just got into a car accident. Don't hesitate to stop and help if your gut is telling you to.
5. "I don't feel right."
If you're feeling drained, depressed, tired and sickly, don't ignore it. Your body has ways of telling you when you're not well and need to visit a doctor. If your instincts say go to the doctor, you'd better go.
This article was originally published at Higher Perspective. Reprinted with permission from the author.