The tough lesson I learned about trusting my gut!

By March 23, 2017 March 9th, 2018 Inspire

I learned a tough lesson this week.  Honestly, it's one I should have learned already. <blush> But this time, I learned it in a new way. 

As you probably know, I was in Arizona last week for some training. On the first day, were given an assignment to do over lunch. Being the good little student I am, I did it. It wasn't perfect, but I did it.

After lunch, I went to do the second part of the assignment. But… just as I did, someone said something from the front that seemed to contradict it. So…  like a good little student… I stopped. I was literally in the middle of taking action. I changed course and didn't do it.

The next day…

Our mentor Sandi, asked who did the assignment. Whoo hooo! I had! (The good little student I am.)

The thing was, though, we were also supposed to do the second part. Wait, what? I was just about to do it. I stopped because of what I heard. I thought I wasn't supposed to! 

The prize for the people who did it? A super valuable, no longer available, DVD training set on a topic I desperately needed help with. Grrr…. I was so annoyed with myself!

I should have known better. About 99.99% of my regrets in my life are because I didn't trust my God-given instinct. I ignored it and chose to listen to the voices around me and did the opposite. Even though He was trying to whisper to me what I knew I should do. I started over-thinking things and changed course.

I should have known better.

And… now I do.

Don't get me wrong. I believe we should seek wise counsel. I believe we should get help from those who know more than we do. But at the end of the day, when I stand before God in Heaven, I can't say, well, so and so expert (or my great aunt or my neighbor next door) told me I should do…

At the end of the day, I have to trust the wisdom of God and what He is speaking to my heart about who I am and how I should do things.

I learned a lot from my few days away. But… I will say, THIS… this lesson about trusting my gut. Trusting my instincts. Not letting all the voices around me change what I know I should. This was the most valuable thing I took away.

I hope it encourages you to trust your instincts too! When trying to make a decision, ask God for help. And if you have a notion (unless it's going to hurt you or someone else), I give you permission… stop listening to all the voices around you and trust your gut. And do it!

You and God got this!

With lots of love,
Katherine xx

P.S. If you want to hear more about this experience (with my smiling face and prayers for you) watch this video I made for you here

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  • Debra McNeill says:

    Hi Katherine

    Im at a stage where I want to give my job up and work more at my selling my food warps and developing our families eat together business. Because we failed at our last business we lost over £120.000 my husband is very very cautious and doesn’t want me to give up work until we have enough money from the other business to proceed. I get a real sense that if i can focus on the new business it will develop very quickly , whereas if i stay at my full time work i’m too tired and then have to squeeze it all in at the weekends, which is where life pulls us in all directions…housework, shopping, grandchildren rest any ideas???

    • Katherine Martin says:

      Hi Debra! GREAT question! I’d love to talk about this more on one of our calls in The Studio.
      For now, here’s some thoughts…
      1. It’s usually not either/or with God. There’s usually a third option/way. Is there a way for you to cut back to say 4 days a week at your job and one day is dedicated to moving the business forward? (just as an example)
      2. I would set an amount that you need to be bringing in before you leave your job. It may not be the full amount you are making (esp. if you factor in costs of going to a job.. travel, etc.) Setting an amount also gives you a tangible thing to work towards.
      3. A big key for you will be to set office hours. I can tell you that even though I work full-time on my business, there are always things that could pull me in other directions. Having full-time focus in and of itself doesn’t solve this. Can you set aside, say, Saturday mornings – 8am – noon that are ONLY for your business? (or whatever time works for you). Non-negotiable. You schedule it just like you schedule the hours you go to work. Find a place in your house and shut the door, or go to a coffee shop or the library or something. It won’t be forever, but it will give you the space and time you need to build. Your business is important and it’s worth it!
      Hope that helps!