Animal Instincts – Do You Have the Guts?

Tommy Used to Work on the Docks

On October 9th, 2010 I adopted a six month old kitten named Tommy, okay, he wasn’t really from the docks but he was a rescue from somewhere in Queens, NY.

I immediately nicknamed him T Bone.

I had him for just about 11 months and I learned a lot from this very cool cat, simply by observing his normal routine.

Gut Check

Whether it was chasing a bug and batting it down or tossing around a fake mouse or chasing a red laser light, he just knew what to do. Okay, so maybe the latter two didn’t make him look too bright, but you get the point.

What intrigued me the most is how he knew how to cover his mess in the litter box, and then I found this during one of my curious Internet searches:

“A cat doesn’t need to be taught what to do with a litter box. The only thing you need to do is provide an acceptable, accessible litter box. It is not recommended that you take a cat to the box and move his paws back and forth in the litter.”

This behavior was inherent and natural for T Bone.

Thought Provoking

Why is it that we humans don’t always follow our instincts? You know that “gut feeling” that immediately gives you the correct answer to a question on a test or a while watching a game show?

Well, what may be one of our most tremendous blessings, is also a bit of a curse.

We possess the ability to THINK.

T Bone never stopped and said “wait, should I chase this bug, what if I get bit?” Or “What if I fall off of the terrace chasing it?” No, he did not, instead, he just went for it.

Have you ever said the following?

  • I knew I should have _____
  • Why didn’t I ____?
  • Man I just had a feeling that ____

This can very often lead to regret, in small amounts that are forgotten quickly or large ones that last a lifetime.  I don’t think T Bone had any regrets. And because of his instincts, he never took on more than he could chew, including the over sized mouse on a string that was practically bigger than his head. He knew he could conquer it, in his heart, he knew.

And so do we. We know in our hearts that we too can conquer, if we would only trust our gut. In fact, if we did not know, if it were incorrect, if it was unsafe, we could not get that gut feeling leading us down the correct path now could we? No,  that’s why your gut can never steer you wrong.

Follow Your Heart

While in nursing school my Mother had a day long session on test taking. While she was telling me about it, there were two things that were taught that stood out to me.

  1. Always trust your first instinct.
  2. Do not go back and change your answers.

In other words . . . don’t think!

We need to learn to follow our instincts. It it the guiding light to a better life.

And don’t worry. If you worry, it’s even harder to trust your gut. Worry all too often brings with it negativity, strife and dissension.  It becomes a cloud that blurs your vision. You might be able to recall a time that you made a rash decision because of the emotional state you were in.  That was not instinct, that was impulse.

“Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.” ~Michael Burke

RIP T Bone, daddy loves you!

Rob Liano
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer
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11 Responses to Animal Instincts – Do You Have the Guts?

  1. Rasheed says:

    Yo Rob,

    I like this post. George Zalucki, former college dean & professor, said something very similar. “I never had to teach the squirrels at the University of Michigan anything about Nut Collecting 101, they instinctually knew what to do. Humans, on the other hand, are granted the intellect…”

    Many times, instincts are not logical… but they are oftentimes the best thing to follow!!

    I know myself, I think too much, and then I miss an opportunity. I definitely need to follow my instincts more.

    And RIP T-Bone. Sorry for your loss, Rob.


  2. robliano says:

    Thanks Rasheed, I feel instincts are totally logical but it’s we that are not lol

  3. Mindi Jacobs says:

    T-Bone really passed on the key to so much wisdom in the too-short time he was with you. Just today I was talking about how changing answers on the insurance licensing exam is usually the reason a person fails it by a few critical points.
    RIP, T-Bone. You were certainly loved.

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