Gut Feel or Paranoia?

by admin on November 15, 2011


I was just sitting here thinking that there is a difference between your Gut Feel and your Paranoia. Your Gut Feel is your intuition. Your Paranoia is your fear.

I have pretty good “Gut-Feel”. I’ve been lucky that way. That little voice in my head, has usually been spot on for me.

I was in the corporate world for well over 20 years in sales and marketing.  Dealing and navigating my way around difficult people, unrealistic sales and marketing quotas, dealing with bitches and worrying about winning and losing business. Worrying about being too successful. Yes, that’s right, worrying about being too successful.  When you catch the brass ring at the end of a sales cycle can you catch it again? Maybe? That’s a big weight to carry. Now how does this relate to my title of Gut Feel or Paranoia?

Here’s how this works. Sometimes my Gut Feel gets mixed up with my Paranoia!

This is just my personal diary and 1 day in my life’s experiences.

I had a client whose dog had passed a while ago. We mourned the lost of that dog together.

The client  got a new puppy, which was going to morph, eventually into another big dog.  I had decided long ago  to change the direction of my company.  The core focus was and is on small to medium size dogs. No more big dogs.  Don’t be  upset. I have good reasons.  Our physical space bests suits small to medium size dogs here for daycare and boarding.

The meet and greet with her pup was a disaster.   Her breed of young pup, which will remain nameless, to protect me, is hyper by nature. That’s a fact.  You know how you can see a debacle happen before your eyes in slow motion?  The guest dogs hated that puppy. The size frightened them.

You know my Gut Feel said “Don’t take Big Dogs” and Paranoia said, “You don’t want to lose a client that can refer you biz.”

I worried about how the customer felt.  I knew, I wasn’t going to take her dog. but also was Paranoid that I could lose revenue. What should I do?

3 weeks go by before I force myself to call her.  I call. My throat gets dry as I explain my position, which sounds like this; “Blah, blah, blah, therefore, I can’t take Hercules.” She says, “Oh, no problem, I found another place, you were “just” more convenient”. I wanted to say F-Off from the very beginning!  But I let my paranoia get the best of me. I knew better. Unfortunately, I chose to act on my fear of being disliked, rather than trust in my inner guidance.  Needless to say, I paid the price, in frustration and regret. I’ve learned to listen to my inner voice now. It’s not always easy but in the long run, following your gut usually turns out to be the least resistant path.

Here’s my 2 ZENts for you. The voice of fear doesn’t give a shit about you.  It just wants to find the easiest way out of a dilemma.  Your gut, on the other hand, is the part of you that wants to be happy.

Next time, you have to make a tough decision, be sure to listen to the voice that actually cares.

Gut Feel or Paranoia?

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Jeni November 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Hi Alanna~
just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed reading this! Good stuff!!
Jeni (LRB)


admin November 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Jeni, there’s nothing better for me than to hear this. Many thanks for reading the blog. I gottcha (LRB) You rock!


admin November 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm

You are the best, I caught your read. Glad you enjoyed it. It is 1 that keeps coming back around, so I had to write about it. So happy you gave it a read. xxx


Sherry Bryant December 28, 2011 at 5:32 am

That gut instinct gets you EVERY time!! You just have to trust yourself enough to listen to it. I have been a nurse for thirty years and in dealing with the public and making decisions first instincts are usually what I wish I had done if I am ever swayed another way for some reason. I always go back and wish I had done what my first instinct told me to do.


admin December 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Agreed! Each time I’ve second guessed myself, I’ve been wrong. My frist gut feel has always been the right path. Each time I went the other way, it was a disaster for me. Being a nurse, you see it all with high emotions and high drama. I am right on your page with gut feel. I learned such a lesson with this experience and I’m keeping this one as a huge reminder to me to sick with that little voice in my head. She’s so much clearer than my emotional self.
Glad you enjoyed this blog. I really enjoyed your comment!


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