Go with your gut -- always!

Have you noticed that our gut hardly -- if ever -- fails us?

It's when I have opted to go against my better instincts that I've ended up regretting decisions.

That's not to say our gut will never lead us astray, but that seldom happens.

The reason why we should listen to our gut feelings is simply because no one knows us better than we know ourselves.

Whenever I am prodded by other people to do something that goes against my very nature -- take a different route to the mall, drink a different kind of beer, try my hand at a new game -- something goes wrong.

That's partly the reason I am resistant to change -- and to others' efforts to get me to do something I may not feel comfortable with.

I have an acute sense of what I like and don't like, and it's only become sharper with age. I'm sure many of you feel the same way.

I'm in no way insinuating that you should always object to trying out new things and experiences. But human beings are good at distinguishing something potentially fun and entertaining from something unpleasant or downright dangerous.

For example, many people are scared to ride rollercoasters. In many cases, people will get over their fear by riding on one, and may even grow to like them.

However, if you know you have an intense fear of heights and are convinced that riding it might land you in the hospital, don't let your friends wheedle you into it.

This applies to all kinds of decisions, from having unprotected sex to venturing into a sketchy neighborhood at night.

There's nothing worse than knowing you could have avoided undesirable consequences if you'd only listened to your gut.

The next time you find yourself in such a quandary, don't let the alarms your gut sets off go unnoticed!

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