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  • Writer's pictureMisty Lynn

How do you know if you trust yourself?

Self-trust is the confidence you have in your abilities, judgment, and decision-making skills. When you trust yourself, it means you can rely on yourself to handle difficult situations effectively and responsibly. A self-trusting person recognizes their strengths and weaknesses and is comfortable with who they are. Conversely, doubts, worries, difficulties making decisions, and dependence on others' opinions are indications of fractured self-trust.

So, how do you know if you trust yourself? Here are some signs to look out for:

  • You believe in your abilities. You have faith in your capabilities and know you can handle whatever comes your way. You don't let fear or self-doubt hold you back.

  • You make decisions confidently. You are not afraid to make decisions and take action because you trust that you make choices you like. You don't second-guess yourself and trust your instincts.

  • You set boundaries. You are not afraid to say "no" to things that don't align with your values or priorities, and you honor your commitments. You don't let others' opinions or expectations sway you.

  • You take responsibility for your actions. You acknowledge your mistakes and learn from them, rather than blaming others or making excuses. You take ownership of your choices and actions.

  • You listen to your intuition. You trust your gut feelings and make decisions based on your inner wisdom. You don't ignore your intuition, even if it goes against what others may think.

  • You prioritize self-care. You prioritize taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally, and trust that doing so will benefit you in the long run. You know what you need to take care of yourself in order to be your best self.

If this is what you've got going on, then congratulations! You likely trust yourself. If it is not I have great news for you, building self-trust is a lifelong journey. As you build more self-trust, you'll level up in life, requiring you to build even more self-trust. So, where do you want to be in terms of self-trust compared to where you are now? To figure this out, it's best to look toward the future rather than dwelling on the past. One helpful exercise is to try to imagine what your future self looks like in terms of self-trust, and think about how your future self is different from your present self. Additionally, you can make a list of all the ways you already trust yourself. For example, you might trust yourself to make good decisions, admit when you're wrong, or be responsible with money. By focusing on these positive aspects of self-trust, you can build on them and strengthen your overall sense of trust in yourself. Just like anything else that is good for you, building self-trust takes time and practice.

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