rock of sponge
In choosing the way forward, intuition or gut should play a major role. A friend of mine, former CEO of a major retailer, always says that intuition is always right, and if it wasn't the right path then it wasn't intuition. :)
One writer explains it like this, does the way forward feel like water dripping on a rock or water dripping on a sponge? That is, does it feel violent and like you gut is rejecting the path, or does it feel soft and gentle like your intuition is accepting the road.
Get skin in the game, go with your gut.