What is Self-Trust and Why Is It Important?

JT - “Trust thyself every heart vibrates to that iron string.” ― Ralph Waldo Emmerson

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?

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 – be 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”.

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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