From the gut

By Mike Klockenbrink

Do you ever get that feeling in your gut? I’m not talking about gas or hunger pains. I’m talking about that feeling when you know something’s up, but can’t really explain it. Too many times for me it’s been the “Oh this isn’t going to end well.” Some people call it intuition, gut feelings, chills or the hair on the back of my neck stands up. Whatever you call it, it’s real. The question is do you listen to it?

We tend to make most of our decisions based on just the facts. We do our homework, develop a plan, check the finances and believe it all adds up. But something deep down inside tells us something just isn’t right. Regardless of that feeling, we move ahead. After all, this is something we have passion for, it’s our idea or just the excitement of it makes us want to drive forward at warp speed.

Don’t get me wrong, without that passion and drive many things would never get done. However, before we move ahead we must make sure we have done our homework. Does this drive we have align with the vision and mission? Do we have the resources to make this happen? Do we make the time it will take to accomplish it, the monies needed to afford it and the manpower to get it done? If you can answer yes, you’re one step closer to making something happen.

So you present your plan to the team. They can feel your passion. They can see you’ve done your homework and have laid everything out. How could they possibly say no? I challenge you to ask them what their gut says and then sit back and listen. If you can pass the gut check of the team, I believe you’re standing on a firm foundation to move ahead.

Remember that feelings aren’t right or wrong, they’re feelings. Just don’t ignore them.

Mike Klockenbrink is chief of staff at Lakeside Church, Folsom, CA.


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