I was talking about this with a friend the other day. How do our brains sift through information and come to conclusions? Are you analytical or intuitive? Do you stick to the facts or do you often come to the correct answer before all the facts have presented themselves? Do you often come to the right conclusion and not know how you got there, or do you come to your conclusions by weighing the facts? Like Jack Webb, “Just the facts, ma’am.”
Are you creative or methodical? Probably some of each, but one side of your brain is usually dominate. Which is it for you?
When my friend and I were discussing this, I told her how I didn’t trust my intuitive side when I was younger. I would get a “feeling” about something, but if I didn’t have all the facts, I would talk myself out of what my gut was telling me. I would push it down. I can’t tell you how many problems I could have avoided if I’d only listened to that gnawing feeling in the pit of my stomach.
After years of questioning my judgment before I had all the facts in a given situation, and often going in the wrong direction as a result, I finally woke up and gave a little respect to the right side of my brain – the side that tells me when a person can not be trusted or if a person is solid or when something is wrong with a friend or if someone is lying to me or trying to manipulate me or if someone is authentic.
I finally realized that I was almost always right about people and situations when I accepted what my intuition was telling me. Now I go with it most of the time. This still doesn’t mean I’m always right, and I still hate it when I’m wrong, but I’m not wrong as often as I am when I don’t trust myself.
According to a website that I found, “Being creative or artistic doesn’t mean you know how to draw or play an instrument. Being creative is a way of thinking, a way of viewing the world. Creative people use the RIGHT side of their brains more than the LEFT.”
Take the “right brain vs. left brain creativity test”, and get some insight about how you view the world.