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Decision Makers: Knee, Brain or Gut

The recent changes in the Google algorithm has made me realize how much I’ve matured over the years as an individual and a writer. My decision making process and response to unexpected situations has evolved.

The KneeKnee Jerk Reaction

When I was much younger (and a newbie writer), and the unexpected happened, I would react in a knee-jerk fashion. Normally my reaction was quick and somewhat dramatic.

My knee-jerk reactions were based on emotion. Something happened, I didn’t like it, and I wanted to right the wrong as quickly as possible. On occasion, it wasn’t even so much as righting the wrong but making a bold statement. Usually the statement was one of “I’ll show them! Or, I’ll teach them!”

The Brain

As I got older, I realized that many of my knee-jerk reactions were incorrect. Not only did I have to deal with the original situation that caused my knee-jerk reaction but then I had to undo everything that I did while I was in the midst of my dramatic knee-jerk The Brainreaction. After having to clean up too many messes, I started engaging my brain before letting my emotions take over.

The only problem with thinking is that I tend to think for a long time. I used to think, analyze, discuss, and get outside opinion after opinion. I’d then mull it over and over in my head, seek more input and advice and then re-think everything all over again. The end result was I based decisions on outside sources and opinions.

Such decisions based on opinion and outside sources made other people happy, but didn’t always make me happy. I was a part of the “in” crowd because I did what other people did but not necessarily what was right to me.

The Gut

This is what I love about getting older (or as my kids would say, being old). I’m finding in my latter years, that although I like to make other Gut Reactionpeople happy, the bottom line is I’ve got to be happy. Unhappy people don’t make other people happy. They make other people miserable. Therefore, when the unexpected happens I now remove myself from the fray. I seek a quiet place where I can tap into my inner consciousness. I block out everyone and everything else.

After spending quiet time, the answer usually comes to me. Many times the answer is wait and see while other times there are immediate actions to be taken. Whatever the answer, it is not influenced by outside opinions or advice.

Supportive Information

In situations like the Google algorithm change where my gut tells me to wait and see, I eventually allow my brain to engage. My brain helps me to find alternate paths to take while situation # 1 is in the wait and see phase.

My knees, well, with all of the knee jerk reactions that I’ve made over the years; I have a nice loud crunching case of chondromalacia. Fortunately, it’s not painful, but my days of quietly sneaking up on the kids are over .  🙂

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  • kidgas March 9, 2011, 5:42 pm

    Well Felicia, I am not sure how my reaction since the Google change would be classified. I thought I would be patient but it turns out that I wasn’t and started my own site. It is not as nice as yours, but it is my own. It is like a starter site. It may have been a reflexive action, but I don’t think it unwise or hasty. Just quick. I don’t think I will have to apologize to anyone either. Anyway, it has been an interesting several days of developments that’s for sure.

    • Felicia March 9, 2011, 6:29 pm

      Kidgas, I don’t see it as a knee-jerk reaction. I see it as something you should have done quite some time ago and Google gave you the swift kick to get you going.

      I’m glad you finally started your own site.

      • Kidgas March 10, 2011, 8:54 pm

        I am glad that you feel that way. I respect your opinion. I am also glad that I got the kick that I needed.

  • Gip @ So Much More Life March 10, 2011, 9:01 am

    I really think everything that happens in the world is good. Really, I do.

    While I sometimes reaction swiftly without regard for the consequences, even the strange and weird things of life seem to work out fine eventually.

    I wrote a post about this last week, and I’m linking to it in the CommentLuv below…

    • Felicia March 10, 2011, 9:32 am

      I love the title of your post. I’m heading over to check it out now.

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