Beyond the Build


When to Sleep On It.

When I am faced with a problem to solve and there is not a clear path at the time, it has been my experience that consciously filing it in my mind for further processing is the best temporary solution. It is amazing the way this works. Over the next few days, it will surface from time to time, and generally the right course of action becomes clear a little while later.

From what I have read on the subject, our subconscious mind continues to work on a problem after we have moved on to another thought. And a “gut feeling” really does mean something.

So when do we trust our instincts and when do we listen to logic? Gut vs. Head.

My gut tends to lead me to the right decision when there is a large amount of information to consider and making the decision feels overwhelming. I then try to step away, take a walk and get a good night’s sleep.

I’m not sure about you, but the right choice for that time often comes to me when I’m not actively thinking about the problem, and when I am least expecting.

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Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.