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Punched In The Gut Instinct

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stomach-punchHave you ever been punched in the gut and had the wind knocked out of you? Consider yourself lucky if you haven’t. But if you have, and I think most people have had the wind knocked out of them in one way or the other, I believe this is going to make a lot of sense to you.

Our Inner Compass

Life is a journey.

It’s a journey broken up into several different segments. For lack of a better reference, think of life as a trek from California to New York. Some segments are going to boring. Some are going to be challenging. Some you’re going to want to avoid all together. And some you’re going to get through as fast as you can because you can’t wait to see what’s at the end.

As with every journey, in order to get where you want to go, you must have something to guide you along the way.

Gut Instinct

That’s what it’s called, gut instinct. And the part that separates right from wrong is your conscience. You need both components because sometimes your gut instinct will be telling you that you can or can’t do something. But your conscience, at the same time, will be telling you if you should or shouldn’t do it. They’re kind of one in the same, but sometimes there’s a slight contrast if that makes sense. The conscience is more on the moral side of guidance.

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it.

Remember that.

Going Against the Tide

When you don’t listen to your gut instinct it’s like swimming upstream. If you’re a really good swimmer, you’re going to go nowhere. You’ll just be paddling to stay afloat and eventually you’ll wear out and just start floating with the current. And if you’re just an average swimmer the current is going to take you downstream backwards.


99.9% Accuracy

I’ve learned, mostly the hard way because that’s how humans learn most of the time unfortunately, that you’re gut instinct is right 99.9% of the time. I’ve gotten hurt because I tried doing things that were beyond my abilities. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t push yourself at times though. I’ve ran out of gas because I didn’t stop to fill up when I should’ve. And my gut instinct told me to stop. I’ve gotten involved with business ventures that I knew weren’t right for me. But, I was focused on the possible outcome and thought the daily drudgery wouldn’t be “that bad.” That it would “work itself out.”

It won’t.

Let me tell you something.

If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, as far as starting a business goes, the daily drudgery will consume you quickly. I don’t care if your venture is going to make a billion dollars. And you won’t either because you’ll hate what you’re doing everyday. It’ll be like getting punched in the gut every morning and having the wind knocked out of you for the day.

NEVER get involved in a business if you’re not passionate about it. And if you have partners, make sure they’re just as passionate or you’re going to ruin a relationship.


There’s two forms of communicating.

Listening and speaking.

Listeners make the best communicators. That goes for listening to your gut instincts too. You’re not always going to be passionate about what you’re doing, but your gut instinct will let you know whether you should or shouldn’t do it. And sometimes it’s going to tell you to do some things you’re not going to be crazy about doing.

Do it anyway or get the wind knocked out of you.

Take the Lid off Your Jar

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Take the Lid Off Your Jar

Are you letting other people dictate how high you can jump by placing a lid on your jar? Have you swept your dreams under the rug? Are you just getting through the day… through the week… just to get by?

Then take the lid off.

We’re all destined for greatness, our own greatness. You have to STOP listening and doing what other people think you can and should do, and you have to start believing in yourself. You had dreams at one time, I know that for a fact. But life gets hard and sometimes, all too often, we listen to the wrong people and let them dictate what we can and can’t do. Then we bring our expectations down to their level, and that level isn’t all that high.

I challenge you to start dreaming again. It’s never too late to be what you could’ve been. Steve Harvey gives a great example in this short video clip.

Don’t Take YOUR Dreams to the Graveyard

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What are you doing to make your dreams come true?

I’m talking about YOU and YOU alone. Because everyone has dreams, but it’s going to be up to you to make those dreams come true. And if you don’t make them come true, you’re going to spend your life, 86,400 seconds per day, doing something you don’t like, making someone else’s dreams come true.

You have an idea, an invention, a new technique, or something inside of you that would change your life. That will change and improve the lives of others.

It’s up to you to make it happen. Do it. And do it now.

Don’t Take Your Dreams to the Graveyard