Golden nuggets worth sharing #7 – Listening to your gutPosted by On February 17, 2015

Before we start working on achieving our goals, we need to define what the actual goal is. This is such a crucial part of the change process, but somehow can be rushed or overlooked. To ensure that we are 100% sure of our goal(s), it is best at this early stage to take the time to be honest in what we want to achieve.

Sticking with the Tao of Pooh theme, I have come across an extremely insightful piece on how we should listen to our “gut” or Inner Nature as it is termed in the Chapter Cottlestone Pie in the Tao of Pooh. Our Inner Nature or “gut” is there to be noticed and listened to. It assists us with moving into the change process with confidence and a positive frame of mind.

“…As we have likely recognised by now, no two snowflakes, trees, or animals are alike. No two people are the same, either. Everything has its own Inner Nature. Unlike other forms of life, though, people are easily led away from what’s right for them, because people have Brain, and Brian can be fooled. Inner Nature, when relied on, cannot be fooled.But many people do not look at it or listen to it, and consequently do not understand themselves very much. having little understanding of themselves, they have little respect for themselves, and are therefore easily influenced by others. But, rather than carried along by circumstances and manipulated by those who can see the weaknesses and behaviour tendencies that we ignore, we can work with our own characteristics and be in control of our own lives. The way of self-reliance starts with recognising who we are, what we’ve got to work with, and what works best for us…”

In today’s world we are bombarded by so many external pressures of what’s socially acceptable. Through all this external pressure we lose sight of our own voice. We follow blindly like a herd of sheep and expect to be happy and content because someone said that we would be satisfied if we did what everyone else did. We have somehow lost the ability to listen and most importantly trust our own internal voice. We have “tuned out”  what our “gut” is telling us.


Take the time to consider what you want to achieve. Focus on yourself and what’s best for you. This always makes a happier you!

Nicole Coyne



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Nicole is a certified professional coach as well as a certified trainer, advanced assessor and coach mentor. Based in Auckland, she provides a range of coaching options, from individual business owner and management coaching, group and team coaching workshops to personal coaching. Her coaching practice is aligned to the ICF ethos and ethics. Need to hire a professional coach? Contact Nicole 

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