- Release the need to be perfect. Nobody can do everything perfectly all the time. The more you hold on to a need to be perfect, the less trust you have in yourself. You may trust yourself in the sense that only you know how to do something and make it right, but that just isolates you from everybody else – and that’s just stressful.
- Forgive yourself for past mistakes. Everybody has done something they wished they hadn’t or that they’d do differently if they could. Holding onto self-judgment because of something you did in the past is not helping you or anyone else.
- Ask for help. Can you trust yourself enough to be vulnerable and to ask for help when you need it? Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
- Surround yourself with people who support you. Stay away from people who tend to criticize or undermine you and if they do, recognize that it says more about them than it does about you.
- Speak kindly to yourself. You are your worst critic – we all are our own worst critic. Stop beating yourself up and learn to be gentle and kind with yourself – just as you would with a dear friend, loved one or child.
Try this affirmation: “I am learning to trust myself more every day.”