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Trust your gut instinct

I visited Greece, several years ago, and as I watched a cockroach walking towards me, I decided that I was going to stay calm and watch what happened.

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I sat on the sidewalk, watched the cockroach and the closer it got, the more scared I got. It walked slowly. It felt like it was looking at me. And, it was really hard to stay calm. I felt a shiver inside, and right then, when it was less than 2 inches away, I got up and walked away.

I don’t know what would have happened if I had stayed. But, my gut instinct told me that it was a smart move to walk away.

Trust your gut instinct

I have started a business, because of my gut instinct.

I am starting a vegetarian festival, because of my gut instinct.

Most of what I’m doing, is because I always trust my gut instinct.

What about you?



9 responses to “Trust your gut instinct”

  1. I love the way you teach about gut instinct with that simple story Jens. I read the first few lines on Triberr and was hooked. I had to come read the rest of the story. That, to me, is great writing.

    I think gut instinct can backfire but successful people trust their first reaction. We call in “thinking on our feet” but you have to be willing to take a chance and make a mistake every now and then or be left in the dust. Nice topic. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much Brian. I started writing a long story, but then, I discovered that I didn’t have the time to finish it πŸ™‚ But the point is still the same, I just hope people understand what I’m talking about. For some, the gut feeling is fear, and the fear or the resistance is what stops them from doing what they really want to do. But for me, the gut feeling is usually the opposite. I’m telling myself that I can do this, and what’s the worst that can happen? πŸ™‚

  2. Carolyn says:

    What a talent to be able to craft such a powerful post in so few words. Wow.

    My gut instinct with that cockroach would have been a bit different from yours. Perhaps in the future I need to consider WWJD. What would Jens do?

    • Thank you Carolyn. Your support is amazing! I love all insects and animals (everything alive), that’s probably why my I do things like that. But, fortunately, my gut instinct tells me not to do it πŸ™‚

  3. Tim Bonner says:

    I haven’t always gone with my gut instinct Jens and I’ve later wondered why.

    When my son was born, my wife and I decided I would stay at home and look after him and she would go back to work.

    My employer at the time, persuaded me to stay and we put my son in nursery five days a week.

    When my daughter was born, the same discussion happened about me staying at home and the same discussion happened with my employer. Only this time, I went with my gut instinct and, well, the rest is history!

    • That’s a very interesting story Tim. And, I’m so glad that you’ve started to follow your gut instinct. I haven’t always followed mine either, but the more confident I got, the easier it was and now, I’m having a fantastic time. It’s so much more fun following your gut instinct, and I truly believe that’s what we’re suppose to do. I actually ended up buying an iPad mini today, just because of my gut instinct πŸ™‚

  4. Brian Meeks says:

    There are times that the easier path I’ve not chosen, because my gut told me that it is worth the extra effort. I’ve never been disappointed. Sure, there are times I’m tired of editing and just want to get the damn book done, but my gut always says keep going, do that final pass, correct that one mistake someone sent you, and when I do, I always feel better. (My gut tells me I should fix that last run-on sentence, but this time I’m ignoring it in favor of popcorn, which my gut also mentioned would be a good idea.)

  5. Dawn Abraham says:

    Hi Jens

    Really cool story about trusting that feeling or voice that speaks to us all but most of us aren’t listening. If you’re in tune with your intuition which I think that is the same thing. Then you are way ahead of the game. Most people hear that voice or feel that nunge and then ignore it.

    Time goes by something happens like what their gut told them and now they are saying I knew it, I knew I should have listened to my gut instinct it’s always right. That was me fifteen years ago and I made the decision one day I was going to trust it and embrace it 100%.

    Best decision I ever made so I understand how important it is to let that gift we all have protect us, keep us out of trouble, stop us from being hurt and even help us make more money. It’s a cool friend that’s for sure.

    Thanks again Jens XOXo

  6. Laura says:

    Often my instinct mumbles: “go for it” but I’m too scared to follow it. Recently I’ve read that our instinct is based on previous experiences. Even though we may not remember certain situations, our brain does and let us know how to react through the instinct.

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