Trust Your Gut

· July 1st

We all get that feeling in the pit of our stomach… you’re not sure exactly what’s wrong, but you know something isn’t right. Maybe you let something slide when a co-worker asked for feedback, or maybe you were in a big meeting and you almost said something but at the last second decided not to. Regardless of the circumstance, there’s a reason you’re involved, and if you’re involved, that means your name is tied to the project. Your opinion matters and these are missed opportunities for you to make a difference. Here are a few things to remember next time work ties your stomach in knots:

Be Honest

You might be way off, who cares? Just get your thoughts out there. If you’re thinking it, there’s a good chance someone else in the room is too. Have the courage to say what everyone else is thinking. If we don’t share our thoughts, we could miss an opportunity to do something bigger than ourselves.

Believe In Yourself and Your Work

In this industry we are faced with situations everyday that test our beliefs. From here, two things can happen–You can either step up to the plate and explain your reasoning, or you can fold, throw your conviction out the window and “yes” yourself and the project to death. The latter usually results in work you don’t believe in. And if you don’t believe in it, there’s a good chance no one else will, and the project will eventually fail. Fight for those convictions, for work you believe in. You don’t have to win the fight, but you do have to try.

Take The Chance

Great work is achieved by taking chances, failing, and then taking more chances until something sticks. You will make mistakes, you will do great things, and you will do things no one even cares about. Failure doesn’t mean you got it wrong, it just means it isn’t right yet. Our phones are great example of this–It seems like there’s an app or software update almost everyday now. Times have changed, we live in an era of constant evolution where everything is a work in progress, nothing is final, nothing is perfect. Take the chance, it just might be worth it.