5 Ways to Increase Self-Trust

The past few days, I have invested quite a bit of time reflecting about power and why we can give it away. Subsequently, today I wanted to share about self-trust and 5 ways to increase self-trust. So, in this post I will discuss –

  • What is Trust?
  • What is Self-Trust?
  • The Meaning of Self-Trust for You
  • Why is Self-Trust Important?
  • 5 Ways to Increase Self-Trust…

Let’s get started…


What is Trust?

There are many definitions of trust, including –

  • “belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.” and “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone” ~ Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  • “to believe that someone is good and honest and will not harm you, or that something is safe and reliable” ~ Cambridge Dictionary
  • “Firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something” ~ Oxford Dictionaries

In the Thin Book of Trust, Charles Feltman defines trust as “Choosing to risk making something you value vulnerable to another person’s action.” 


What is Self-Trust?

Following are some definitions and meanings on self-trust –


The Meaning of Self-Trust for You…

After reading the above definitions of trust, how do you relate that to self-trust? Is it you believe that –

  • YOU are reliable, good, honest and effective?  
  • YOU have an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of yourself?
  • YOU are good and honest and will not harm yourself or others, 
  • YOU are safe and reliable?
  • YOU have a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of yourself?

What does self-trust mean to you and what are the actions of self-trust?


Why is Self-Trust Important?

Self-trust is important as it helps you to be on your own side of life, responsible, take ownership and have accountability of your own life. Basically standing in your own power and having confidence in yourself. The word “power” comes from the Latin word “posse”, which means “be able”.


5 Ways to Increase Your Self-Trust…

Before I share 5, please note there are many ways to increase self-trust! However, 5 ways to increase self-trust include –

1. Invest Time to Reflect

When we invent time to reflect, we take the time to see what is going on. By doing this, we can investigate our emotions, thoughts and behaviours / actions. As they saying goes – “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” ~ Unknown.

2. Increase Self-Knowledge

Do you know your strengths, passions, values, your deepest fears, vision, purpose. Knowing yourself is an adventure and when we go on this adventure we discover as the Tao the Ching says – “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.” 

3. Practise Regular Self-Care

This one took me a while to realise, however little by little when I regularly take care of myself, I find that I have more to give to other people. “Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” ~ Deborah Day.

4. Remember Your Achievements –

Yes I know life is not all about achievements. However, writing down your list of achievements can help you discover the times when you were challenged before and made it out the other side. By remembering your achievements you have a deeper understanding of “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” ~ Henry David Thoreau.

5. Respect Yourself –

I truly believe everyone is here for a purpose, so it is important to respect yourself and your own opinions. This quote articulates this well – “Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life, is the source from which self-respect springs.” ~ Joan Didion.


Over to You…

I hope this post has given you some understanding on self-trust and ways to increase it. If you have any questions, please let me know below 🙂

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Reference –

Feltman, C. (2009). The Thin Book of Trust: An Essential Primer for Building Trust at Work. Oregan, USA: Thin Book Publishing.

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