What Is Self Trust? — Ways To Develop & Increase

What is self trust? Let’s spend a few moments here considering the concept of self trust. We will consider the more traditional meaning as well as explore a more expansive view as well.What Is Self Trus

In any event, trust is a very critical part of our lives whether dealing with friends and family or business associates. Trust establishes the foundation on which we are perceived as well as how we perceive ourselves.

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

— Golda Meir —


What Is Self Trust? — A More Traditional View

In a recent article that I wrote about Poetic Justice, I stressed the importance of trusting ourselves in order to recognize our true worth and value so that we can operate at top efficiency and effectiveness based on our true values. This establishes a solid foundation for us to create the life we truly desire.

In traditional terms, self trust entails staying true to ourselves on a consistent basis. This inspires us to treat ourselves with love, compassion, and tolerance so that we see our mistakes and failures in a new light.

There is no need to strive for perfection as we can meet our needs and achieve our goals by accepting mistakes and failures as part of the process.

When we believe and have confidence in our abilities we trust our instincts in making decisions. With this type of self-reliance, we increase our overall awareness so that we are much more compassionate toward others as well as ourselves.

How to Develop Self Trust

Now that we have an idea of what it is, let’s find a few ways to develop and increase it on a consistent basis so that it becomes a strong framework for our decisions in life.

  • Hang Out with Supportive People — the last thing we need when building a strong foundation of truth in ourselves is to have folks around us that do not contribute or even worse provide the type of distractions that inhibit our progress. Their encouragement and support are necessary especially as we are getting started so that we are reinforced in our efforts.
  • Utilize Past Experiences — focus on the times when we made good decisions and accomplished our objective no matter the size of the goal. Realize that we capitalized on our abilities and good judgment.
  • Become Sefl Aware — it’s important to understand our strengths and weaknesses and to be honest about them. This allows us to rectify our errors and maximize our strong points.
  • Be Open to Feedback — being defensive when hearing criticism regardless if it is helpful or not just holds us back and closes us off to learning opportunities. When we are focused and confident we listen and take what is helpful and discard the rest without getting all upset about it. Also, when we surround ourselves with supportive folks most of the feedback with be constructive.
  • Be Assertive with Decisions — when we have the information we need decisions are made without hesitation and changed only when absolutely necessary based on additional information gathered. Every decision is important regardless of size and each choice leads us toward our objective.
  • Create Meaningful Goals — align all goals based on what we truly desire with the understanding of our current skills and abilities. We may need to educate ourselves in certain areas or delegate those tasks.
  • Hold Ourselves Responsible — we learn and grow stronger when we accept responsibility for our successes as well as our mistakes. The buck stops with us and always has regardless if we consciously realize this or play the victim role.
  • Listen Within & Without — we do our research and gather as much information as needed and then let go and allow our intuition to lead the way from there. This may come as a hunch, a chance encounter, or a quiet message from within ourselves.
  • Patience with Ourselves & Others — realize that trust can take some time to build when we have spent the majority of our lives taking our marching orders from outside sources. When we are patient with our own progress this carries over to being patient with others as well.
  • Compassionate with Self & Others — when we are kind to ourselves we are able to be kind and understanding with others. We learn from our mistakes and see them as opportunities to advance.






What Is Self Trust? — Which “Self” to TrustWhat Is Self Trust

“Meditation is the bridge that helps connect you with your inner self. I believe that quietude also makes one more creative.”

— Jubin Nautuyal —


After discovering what self trust means to us and finding a few ways to generate it on a consistent basis, it would serve us well to know which self we are trusting.

We do have an ego self that was created as a result of the many experiences we have had since birth that has motivated us, out of survival, to put in place some defense mechanisms. These beliefs serve to protect us from the pain and traumas that we experienced.

Unfortunately, this ego self also inhibits us from much adventure and exploration by closing down many opportunities to expand ourselves because of fear. We find it safer to stay within our known “limits” rather than risk exploring other options because of the fear that things may get worse.

These beliefs protected us to an extent when we were young but now it is time to let go of these limitations and expand our view of what is possible based on our goals and intrinsic purpose. Now is not the time to compromise with our heartfelt desires.

We owe it to ourselves and others to fulfill our function in life and share what we know with others. We then become the natural role model that inspires others to break free from their own comfort zones and experience life in all its fullness and glory.

When we do this we are trusting another Self that guides us whenever we quiet ourselves and listen to our intuitive voice within. It is this self that we can trust in all circumstances and situations.

Our natural birthright is joy and happiness and when we do not experience this we are depriving ourselves by making poor choices whether we are conscious of this or not. We must learn to forget to remember.

We forget who we think we are so that we can remember who we really are. This may sound a bit esoteric but when contemplated a bit it is just good common sense.

So little by little let’s let go of our limiting thoughts and beliefs and observe our awareness increase. We then are able to perceive a whole new world because we are finally able to trust the Self and who we truly are.

In peace and love within the light,

Joseph William

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4 thoughts on “What Is Self Trust? — Ways To Develop & Increase”

  1. Thanks for the insightful article, Joseph. Self-trust is crucial in shaping our perception of ourselves and others. It involves staying true to ourselves, learning from mistakes, and being open to feedback. By surrounding ourselves with supportive people and listening to our intuitive voice, we can expand our possibilities and experience joy and happiness.

  2. Hi Joseph,
    This article “what is self trust” provoked some deep insight within. I think we all are a bit hard on ourselves and tend to “beat ourselves up” when we make mistakes. This is a great set of guidelines to keep up grounded with our inner self. I think learning to be patient and more kind to ourselves is very important indeed. Thank you for this post, I am sure it will help many!


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