Trusting Your Gut Instinct

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Trusting your gut instinct is not as easy as it sounds. Years ago, when I first immigrated to Canada I worked as a secretary in a big paper company, right in the center of Montreal in the wonderful old SunLife Building. It was a great introduction to Canada, but I hated working as a secretary especially when I got promoted to be the Big Boss’ secretary. That meant I had to make him his daily cup of soup in addition to my other work. Grr, I absolutely detested it.

My Trigger for Change

But one day I visited a school friend of mine who worked at the World Bank in Washington. It was great fun until she made me cry. Yep, she got under my skin and made me feel awful because she made me realize one important thing (which I didn’t want to hear at that time) – I was in a job I hated and which did not suit me and … I could do so much better.

Once I got over my crying jag, I realized she was right. That’s when my gut instinct kicked in. I marched into my boss’ office (I wish I could say I told him where to stuff his cup of soup, but I didn’t) and quit to go back to university and get my Bachelor’s in Journalism.

That was the beginning of my belief in gut instinct. Whenever I’ve used it, it’s never let me down. When I’ve sat there analyzing my actions and decisions, I fall flat. My decision to become a writing coach was based on expertise – yes, but it was also based on my gut instinct that I could do the job. I had the qualifications, the knowhow and the temperament but most of all – my gut instinct told me I would be good at it. And it was right.

What does your gut instinct tell you?

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6 thoughts on “Trusting Your Gut Instinct

  1. Ariffa

    My gut instinct tells me to listen to Bev!


    …that writing is for me. It took me a long time to come around to it and see it for what it was but one day when someone asked me (can’t remember who), “What could you do for hours and hours and never look at the clock?” The answer was writing. It always was. And even though some days I want to pull my hair out because I don’t have words on those days, my gut tells me to write anyway. And so I do.

  2. Mj Vieweg

    Hello there, Bev!

    This topic is something that has been all around me lately! And here it is once again. I am re-trusting myself after a time of listening outwardly. And you betcha, my gut is telling me “write, write…” and befriend other writers.

    Your friend 🙂

    1. Bev Post author

      You know MJ – ever since I trusted myself and my gut instinct, I’ve been happy and fulfilled. Let me know what you’ve been writing, and as always, if there is anything I can do to help you, let me know. Write On.

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    A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment.
    I do think that you need to write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo matter but
    generally people don’t discuss these issues. To the next!
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    1. Bev Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it. The gut instinct definitely works for me, and I encourage my writers to trust theirs too.


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