(by Eric Gilboord, author, speaker to family businesses and CEO, WarrenBDC for Help Buying, Selling & Enhancing Companies, as appeared on LinkedIn.com)

We make decisions all day every day. What to have for breakfast, who to call, emails to send, customers to take on or drop.

Usually it’s a combination of our mind and gut feelings required to choose which way to go. Gathering information online, talking to friends and seeking the experience of professionals all add to our final choice.

At the end of the day it’s up to us. So we can take the easy way out and go with a recommendation from someone else. The added benefit here is you have someone to blame if it doesn’t work out. Or we can take total responsibility for our actions and consult our gut.

Many of my best decisions come from my personal adviser, my gut. Sure I gather information first. You can’t make good choices in a vacuum. But then I act.

I’ve learned over the years that instinct and gut feel tend to be right more often than not. I can’t explain it and don’t really want to know why. It just works and that’s good enough for me.

At some point you need to draw a line in the sand and make a decision. So do you go with your gut? Or do you continue gathering information, agonizing over all the possible outcomes and never make a choice? Eventually the choice will be made for you. The risk is, it may not be the one you want.

In the end it’s still up to you.

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