Trust YourselfWhen we ponder what it means to trust, our focus is usually on others. Will that person let me down? Can I count on what he says? How much can I trust her? While these questions are valid guides to decisions you may make, there is a far greater one: Do I trust myself?
Perhaps you currently have an idea that begins to take shape as you make plans. At some point in the timeline, you more than likely begin to question yourself. Suddenly you are consumed with thoughts of self-worth, ability, stamina, and even desire. By not taking action, you have actually made a decision to not trust yourself.
How often do you read about someone who took their idea through to fruition and now they are receiving the rewards? Are you nagged by the thoughts that, “I could have done that!” Could have. Should have. Didn’t.
What does it take to trust our own instinct, ability, and ideas? Trust is all that we have until we have proof. Once we have proof, we don’t need trust. Until we have proof, trust is the difference between possibility and probability.
Healthy trust requires a diet that will sustain it. Listen to what you say to yourself. Are you encouraging or discouraging? When an obstacle comes, are you more likely to determinedly find a solution, or is this the excuse to quit? Are you relying solely on others to trust you when you are feeling discouraged?
If establishing trust in yourself is important to you, here are some measures you can take to solidify it:
Stop. Think. Trust yourself.