It all just seemed too good to be true. As Magic promised me, his boss overpaid him and he had to return the extra funds back to his boss right way or face termination. He needed change for a $100 bill, and he said that he wanted to do the right thing because his boss was a good person. So, Magic, a person whom I, a seventeen-year-old, had just met off the streets, led me to the third floor of a building I was familiar with, to this supposed office where his boss was waiting for him.
As I discovered later, Magic’s story was too good to be true because it was too good to be true. That little inkling I had at the outset (and which grew louder with each step that I took toward the third-floor office) was my intuition shouting at me trying to tell me something. Magic, unbeknownst to me, was a master con artist. And what Magic lacked in social etiquette, he made up for with street cred, and I simply failed to trust my gut. Not following those intuitive murmurs and subtle sense of foreboding cost me $100. Yes, Magic parted with five of my crisp $20 bills without me putting up as much as a mental challenge.
The lesson: If something does not feel right, it probably is not right. And there is a reason for that—our intuition rarely misleads us.
Have you ever had the inkling that something was about to happen, and whatever it was, did happen? Have you ever felt that something could go wrong and it did, and you were left to pick up the pieces simply because you did not trust and follow your gut instinct? Of course, you have—we all have.
One of the earliest, most powerful and fascinating ability ever to be exercised by humans was our capacity to use our intuition to reconstruct reality, decipher information, and determine the threat level of the information or reality presented to us. The instinctive ability to forecast certain events is something that has ensured the survival of the human species.
So, how do you know when to follow and trust your gut feelings or listen to that inner voice? First, not only should you be aware of your emotions and feelings, you should also track your emotions and feelings. That is, if your emotions and feelings do not lead to a definitive resolution, then steer away from the situation until clarity is present. Secondly, it is better to be methodical and right, than to be hasty and wrong. So, learn to trust yourself and think things through. Lastly, if it looks or feels too good to be true, then it is likely too good to be true.
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