Gut instinct—how to listen to it and recognise the nudges


What is gut instinct? Gut instinct is basically your intuition, known as your inner guidance system or your inner tutor. It’s safe to say that your intuition and your gut instinct knows you very well, if not, better than you know yourself. It’s something that I now listen to and trust after ignoring my gut instinct for a long time. I remember feeling the inner tug that something wasn’t right, but still going ahead and making some awful life decisions, despite what my gut instinct was telling me! I now make most of my life and business decisions based on what my gut instinct and intuition is telling me!

When I’m working with coaching clients or the academy members, we talk a lot about following your gut instinct and here’s an example why. I started working with a wonderful lady around three months ago, the reason being is she had a dream of a changing her career. Behind the scenes from where she was working, she had been studying for years. She always wanted to have her own coaching practice, supporting learning and development in companies and organisations. But she stayed where she was, comfortable being uncomfortable. She was playing it safe within her comfort zone. Feeling unfulfilled started to take it’s toll on her relationship with her husband, her children and it began impacting her physical health, as well as mental health. She knew something needed to change, but she wasn’t confident enough to make that change herself. That’s why she reached out for support.

In the first session she joked about wanting to be made redundant because that would be a huge kick up the a** and she would then have to take the action. So we worked on her confidence and her self-belief in particular. We got rid of some deep-rooted blocks with some Time Line Therapy and CBT and she said she could finally see the path ahead of her. “Right, I think I want to start this new career.” She wanted to get a website made, business cards and begin building her brand identity. “I’m going to take a small business loan out to get the ball rolling’.

So we worked on her confidence and her self-belief in particular. We got rid of some deep-rooted blocks with some Time Line Therapy and CBT and she said she could finally see the path ahead of her. “Right, I think I want to start this new career.” She wanted to get a website made, business cards and begin building her brand identity. “I’m going to take a small business loan out to get the ball rolling’. The very next day she got an email to say she was up for Voluntary Redundancy. Was it something that she wanted to do? Her head was like “Oh my god, this is all I know. What about the security of my family and paying the bills every month?” Her head was second guessing everything, but when we checked with her gut feeling, it was telling her to take the chance. Not only did she get a pay-out that matched the amount the wanted to loan (and some!) but it meant that she had more time and energy to invest into setting up her new business. She is now in talks with a company who are looking at outsourcing coaching and hiring her, the excitement for what the future holds for her is so real. When you have that instinct that everything’s going to be okay, despite what your logical mind is thinking, despite what friends and family might be saying, run with it because the likely hood is, it knows better than you could ever begin to imagine and something beautiful may just be waiting on the other side of you. In fact, I’m going to go as far as saying that when I’ve listened to my gut, I’ve never been let down. When my clients say they’ve listened to their guts and followed their intuition, they’ve never been let down. If it feels like it didn’t go as expected, in the long run, it was for the best when you start to connect the dots looking back. If you’re in that inner turmoil when your mind is saying one thing but you have this burning feeling inside, check in to see if that is your gut saying—do it or don’t do it. Listen and take the guidance, because you just do not know how powerful that guidance system is until you start to go with it. The more you trust it, the more you strengthen that connection and the more in tune you are with it. Keep checking in and keep tuning in to your gut instinct.

Take some time today to reflect back on experiences where you’ve listened to your gut, and times that you didn’t. If you’ve got a story w


here you’ve listen to your gut feeling, I would love to hear it.

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