Life is all about trusting someone or something, the important thing is to know where you are placing that trust. Perhaps you trust the bank to look after your money, the waiter to advise which dish to choose or your friends on whether an outfit suits you? These could all be sensible decisions, but how often do you trust yourself and your own intuition?
A key part to accepting yourself is trusting your gut feeling and the decisions you make whatever anyone else says. Obviously you’re not perfect and things may occasionally go wrong, but doesn’t that sometimes happen when you take others advice anyway?
Intuition and self trust are like a muscle, they need regular exercise to develop and become stronger. So here are a some exercises to give your gut feeling a workout and build up your self-trust:
1. Think back over the last year for any examples of when you trusted your own gut feeling over a decision or action. What happened in those situations?
2. Think back over the last year for any examples of when you were persuaded to a different decision or action by someone or something else. What happened in those situations?
3. Challenge yourself for one day to only trust yourself in all the decisions and actions you take. This means really focusing on what you actually think or feel not what you believe you ‘should’.