Most people are unaware that half of their brain (their non-dominant hemisphere as scientists call it), has virtually no language function. It knows basic words like your name and commands such as "stop" and "go." Nevertheless, your non-dominant hemisphere constantly processes incoming information and is a powerful resource when you know how to use it.
For 90 percent of the population, their right brain (which controls the left side of their body), is their non-dominant hemisphere. If you have ever had a gut feeling that something was wrong and it turned out that it was, the signs were perceived by your right brain. Your left brain (the dominant side) doesn't have access to these feelings. (Think of a robot that talks--that's the left side.) The right side is where all the emotion and feeling is located. It's also home to your intuition and all those so-called "gut feelings."
Let me give you several examples. I once was approached by a student at the college where I was teaching about 15 minutes after all the classes had cleared out for the evening. I had a bad cold.The student wasn't in any of my classes. He was attractive and well-dressed. Nevertheless, I held my left hand out to stop him from coming in my office. I told him to come back during regular office hours but he persisted. Fortunately, one of my male colleagues came in a few minutes later and I excused myself to meet with him (i.e. get away from this guy.)
I didn't think much about this, although I did tell my husband. He insisted that I contact the campus police. Apparently, this man was known to them and had been arrested on numerous occasions, although no one had managed to make the charges of assault against him stick. My right brain read that something was off even though my logical side didn't pick it up. I had a police escort to and from class for the remaining four weeks of the semester.
Let me give you some other examples. Several years ago I had the strongest feeling I should contact my closest friend from college that I hadn't seen in about 15 years. The thought kept nagging me, but I didn't do it. She died from an unexpected heart attack just a few weeks later.
I experienced the same thing a couple of years ago. A little voice inside kept telling me to go see Jack Douglas (the founder of the company where I worked for 18 years). I hadn't seen him since he sold the company back in 1997. I had a speaking gig in California and flew out a day early to meet with him. We had a wonderful morning together remembering so many great things about working together. He died three weeks later.
Another time when I was doing a weekly commute from Austin to L.A., I was booked to fly home and the airline goofed up my reservation and didn't have my seat reserved. Since I had status, they would have bumped another passenger off the flight. My gut said don't get on the flight. I asked if I could get on the early flight the next morning and be upgraded to first. They said they would do that and they gave me a voucher for dinner. I had a nice evening. Three days later I was flying back with many of the regular commuters who were all telling me how lucky I was to have missed that flight. Apparently, the turbulence as so back that virtually everyone on the plane was throwing up, including many of the frequent flyers.
So here's the bottom line. If your intuition says, "Go see Aunt Sally," "Don't work with this client," or take a much needed vacation--listen to it. Chances are there's a reason that doesn't make a lot of logical sense, but may make great sense when all is said and done.
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