How to Trust in Yourself


Trust in yourself and stop the externalization! Feel free to skip the rather extensive intro, by following this link: How to develop trust in yourself? When I was around 17 to 18 years old, I was hoping to win the lottery one day – and I’m pretty sure many people have had similar wishes, at least in some stages in their lives. Hitting the jackpot is a tempting idea, especially because it would have allowed me to eliminate all the trivial problems in my life. I would not have had to bother with the struggles in my job, the defusing and demanding customers and the many other challenges that came with life. To make a long story short, I was hoping for external influences to suddenly change my life for the better. And you know what happened? Nada! Nothing changed at all because the external factors didn’t come to play as I had hoped they would.

Obviously, I did not win the lottery, which is not a tragedy for me, but it taught me a valuable lesson in life: relying on external factors to change your life for the better means to hand over the responsibility for your life to untrustworthy third parties.

Surprisingly, the “externalization issue” permeates our whole society on every level. We literally grow up with it and get used to it right from the beginning of life. And on certain levels, it’s great to have externals that take care of us, like our parents that bring us up and the teachers that explain to us how the world works. But we have become so accustomed to the whole concept that it became THE underlying foundation of many people’s lives, always reminding them to search for external guidance in every situation they find themselves in. The “externalization issue” expresses itself as the mocking voice in your head that continuously whispers that you’re not good enough, not strong enough, not intelligent enough and what have you. But the one thing this little voice will always suggest is that you need others to solve all your problems. Externals that are far more intelligent, wealthy, handsome, (etc.) than you are, no matter if these “others” are politicians, activists, CEO’s, guru’s, extra-terrestrials, higher powers or even god(s).

Just look around and you will notice the diversity of the externalization concept. We look up to politicians that praise us change for the better, we consolidate opinion leaders to conceive an opinion and we have all of our favorite guru’s lined up, to make the most out of every situation in life. And don’t we admire those externals because they “figured it all out”, were “chosen by god”, are in contact with “higher powers” – in short, because they are seemingly (!) better than us? Besides all the admiration of how amazing these public figures are, we give our power away to others, hoping that they will do – whatever we hope and deeply desire – for us.

And the above-named examples (politicians, guru’s, etc.) merely scratch the surface. If we continue to dig deeper into the rabbit hole, we can see that externalization surrounds us in every thinkable situation – even religion. All live long, we wait for external influences to suddenly show up and change our life for the positive. But the thing is, we have already everything we need for this change. You don’t need externals to help you when you trust in yourself!

Trust in yourself!

1. Take responsibility for your life

How does one develop trust in oneself, if one had always managed to pass the blame for one’s mistakes to external circumstances? I mean, would you trust in yourself, if you had always found reasons outside yourself to blame for your mistakes? I guess not. The first step to developing faith in oneself has nothing to do with becoming overly confident, but with taking responsibility for one’s mistakes and failures. Playing the blame game makes you become the victim that is helpless and cannot change its fate. In short, you will always depend on others in some way or the other, when playing the “blaming victim”. But in reality, you’re only as long in a helpless situation for as long as you choose to play the blame game. But once you set yourself free from passing the blame to others you have taken the necessary responsibility for your life, which is the foundation for having trust in oneself.

2. Forgive yourself

Acknowledging one’s responsibility for the mistakes and failures in life should come hand in hand with the willingness to forgive yourself for these. Instead of blaming yourself for the mistakes you committed in the past, try to discover the lessons these failures/mistakes might have taught you. Thereby, you will understand the higher purpose underlying each and every one of your failures. It furthermore will help you to avoid making similar mistakes again. For more information see Stop worrying about failure.

How to forgive yourself?

Forgive yourself, by discovering the valuable lessons each and every one of your failures taught you! I know, failing can be tremendously painful and what not, but at least you can pat yourself on the back for having tried. For being courageous enough to do something, when you could have done nothing and for having gained another very valuable experience that will benefit you in your future. Make yourself aware of the fact that the only sure-fix way to avoid any failure is to do absolutely nothing! Therefore, consider your mistakes as learning experience; write down what that failure in 2005 and this mistake back in 2009 taught you and you’ll be stronger and wiser than before.

Learn to forgive yourself, which is – besides taking responsibility – the second most important groundwork towards building trust in oneself. Let go of the anger you hold against yourself and others – the state of resentment coupled with accusations against yourself isn’t a helpful background to develop trust in oneself, so let go of it. As an important side note, you don’t need to forgive yourself for being human – with all the character traits and weaknesses that come with it – just as you need not blame yourself for making human mistakes. There’s no need to forgive yourself for being who you are, just as there is no need to be perfect.

3. Come to terms with your past

The story of the past is open to dispute, but there is one fact about it that no one can deny: the past cannot be changed. Wrong actions cannot be revoked, hurtful words cannot be withdrawn and the events you wish would never have happened cannot be changed. Just as much as anyone else I wish I never committed the biggest mistakes in my life, but I do know that all of them have become an inevitable part of my life, whether I accept it or not.

With this in mind, it becomes even clearer that worrying about what happened in the past and blaming it for your present situation will lead you next to nowhere. All it does is create just more pain and insecurities when facing a similar situation in the present. In order to regain the faith in yourself, come to terms with the past, accept that what’s been done is done without any hope of changing it. The only thing you can influence is the present; you can now start building a brighter future or remaining in remorse about the past for the rest of your life.

Coming to terms with the past…

…by making the most out of the present!

With the understanding that the past cannot be changed arises a feeling of helplessness in many. This is quite understandable, but there is absolutely no need to feel helpless, as the present can be changed, unlike the past, in every moment and every situation in the here and now. People begin to lose faith in themselves when they (mistakenly) realize that they have no control about their past and/or their life in general, which is a fallacy. You can always be in control of your future! This is why it is so vital not to let the past take control of the present, as it steals you the only chance for change you have.

Keep in mind that the actions of today create the future you will be living in. If you built the future based on the foundation of trust in yourself, there’s nothing to lose for you!

4. Follow your heart/intuition

Having trust in oneself does not only imply that you have faith in your abilities and skills, but also that you are courageous enough to follow your intuition, whenever this inner guidance and wisdom gives you advice. It takes a lot of courage to follow where the heart leads, especially when the ego/rational mind suggests you not do, but it also takes a lot of faith in oneself to do so. Therefore, listening to your intuition will strengthen the trust you have in yourself, allowing you to further rely on your own strengths and abilities.

Synopsis on how to follow the heart:

  • Quiet your rational mind
  • Practice meditation
  • Don’t force things – go with the flow
  • Keep an intuitive journal to notice the messages
  • Trust in your intuition
  • Get creative
  • Listen to your body signals
  • Follow spontaneous thoughts

The “mystery” of following one’s heart would go beyond the scope of this article and it really deserves an article of its own, which can be found here: How to listen to your heart?

5. Trusting yourself vs. seeking advice from others

A tell-tale sign of a person that – to put it politely – doesn’t trust in itself much, is the excessive use of another person’s input, when it comes to decision-making. And I believe we all have met people in our lives – may they be classmates, fellow students or colleagues – who would always ask each individual in the social circle about their opinion, before making a decision on their own. Interestingly enough, whenever I experienced this “phenomena”, no life-changing decisions needed to be met, but the most trivial decisions of everyday life one can think of, like the choice of whether to go to the canteen for lunch or to order a pizza. But please don’t get me wrong here, considering the input and guidance of others in a wise way, especially when it comes to life-changing decisions, can never be a bad thing, but meeting a decision based on the opinion of others can be – especially when lacking trust in yourself.

The balancing act of seeking advice

Seeking the counsel and guidance of another person, when having to meet a life-changing decision, can be a very important thing. It might help you to see things from another perspective and gives you the opportunity to learn from the wisdom your guide has gathered throughout his life. The exchange with others can be very supportive; it will show you new possibilities where you hadn’t expected an alternative, new solutions and different approaches, when confronted with a seemingly unsolvable problem.

On the other hand, seeking advice from externals on a daily basis, no matter how insignificant the decision that needs to be met, can have a devastating effect on the faith you have in yourself. This is the reason I named it “the balancing act of seeking advice” as you need to find the right balance in between finalizing a decision solely by trusting into your own abilities and the situation you need to seek guidance from others. As a rule of thumb, feel into yourself and seek for your inner guidance/knowing and you will know what the best is for you. And should you still be in doubt about an important decision that needs to be met, consult others and consider their input.

6. Become the master of your life

If you are a regular reader of this website, you’ll know that I’m not a big fan of all the “guru-ism” out there, id est the continuous search for individuals that the masses can look up to, which is (by the way) just another form of externalization. This article is all about self-empowerment and the development of trust in oneself, so it’s important to understand the dangers that “guru worship” can have on the faith a person has in itself.

The dangers of “guru worship

  1. You’ll never transcend your teacher
  2. You become dependent on another person’s guidance
  3. You’re not equal to your guru and never will be
  4. You run danger of becoming biased against any kind of knowledge/information that is beyond the scope of what your guide teaches. That way, you limit yourself in your own growth

I rather prefer to empower my readers, instead of turning them into my followers. With having this in mind, I would like to encourage you to become the master of your life in order to increase the faith you have in yourself. Be your own guru, instead of looking up to others! You are the one and only who has all the knowledge about every aspect of your being, ranging from your character to the experiences you’ve made and the difficulties you’re facing in life. No one else does have this sort of knowledge, except you! When it comes to your life, you’re the only authority and – so to say – the only master that will always accompany you, no matter where your path takes you!


Learn to develop trust in yourself

None of the experts or guru’s have studied you personally, they didn’t walk in your shoes and haven’t experienced life from your perspective. Instead, they share the techniques that work for them, in their situation and their life, which doesn’t necessarily has to work for you as well. Therefore, my recommendation to become the master of your life!


Ralph Waldo Emerson


Self-trust is the essence of heroism.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

All in all, developing trust in yourself means to get to know yourself better. It’s the continuous search for what works for you and what doesn’t. With faith in yourself you can achieve whatever you aspire, without it, you’ve already lost. Also, if you want to increase the faith you have in yourself, be trustworthy with others and give them the kind of trust you would like to receive from them.

How have you been able to start trusting yourself unconditionally?


About Author

Steve is the founder of Planet of Success, the #1 choice when it comes to motivation, self-growth and empowerment. This world does not need followers. What it needs is people who stand in their own sovereignty. Join us in the quest to live life to the fullest!


  1. Great article I must say albeit a big long ;p Thanks for sharing this piece of your information here. Having faith in oneself is as important as having a heart to live.Without mere trust in oneself the survival may become difficult to say the least.Your so right when you say seeking help from teachers,gurus and anyone else will only lead to dependance.I have often been in this vicious circle of falling on others for their advice in every step of my life but off late I have become more responsible towards my life.I think self help is best help 🙂
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  2. Hi Steve,
    Interesting article and as said by someone else a little too long.
    A word of advice; if you want to develop an extensive readersip you need to brush up on some of your grammar. A lot of us out here are intelligent and widely read; few things bring an interested reader to a grinding halt more quickly than poor grammar.

    • Steve Mueller on

      Thanks Richard! I’ll give my best to reduce grammatical errors, but I’m not a native speaker so it’s difficult to avoid them entirely.

  3. Learning to trust yourself is one best way of believing on things that you can do to be successful in all aspects of your life. These challenges and temptations were just around all the time and its up to you how you will handle it without losing your momentum to reach your goal to success.

  4. Learn to trust yourself so you may able to give your trust to others. In everything you do, you must trust yourself that you can do it, you may not able to function properly if you have hesitated. Most successful people always believe that their plans are their path of success and indeed it is.

  5. Follow your dreams and fight all the hindrances and soon you’ll find success. Think about all your failures and accomplishment and check out what have you done, then next time you want to achieve something make some pointers and follow it, but most specially believe in yourself that you can do it.

  6. Trusting yourself in the first step you must do before anything else. You may not able to achieve your goals without trusting yourself, and there is no one who can do it for you. Plan and trust may come together to achieve what you want and to have proven success.

  7. I enjoyed reading this article. I agree with taking resposibility for your own actions. It’s all too easy to blame someone or something for things that go wrong in your life. Believing in your own judgement and learning from mistakes is the best way to approach life.

  8. This is a pretty awesome article homie. Love the emphasis on self empowerment and not guruism. I went to a couple of spiritual retreats and it was so sad to me how people just “throw themselves at the lap of the master.” I understand seeking wisdom and knowledge but never disowning yourself. Great Stuff!

  9. I love this article, I realized that it all start with in our self to make a change for the better. This article makes me feel that I am not alone facing such problem in trusting myself but then I thank you because you give the best point of view in life.


    Thanks for this great inspirational article Steve. I fully agree with you that the one and only person who can change me is myself since nobody else can put themselves in my shoes and change me. The change has to come from within, so it is of utmost importance to trust oneself. It is also very important to understand that you cannot emulate others in each and every aspect even if they are your guru or mentor. You have your own individual style of working or behaving or living which is unique and you have to have faith in yourself. Also it is extremely important to keep trying even if you make mistakes because it is definitely better than making no effort at all. You will succeed one day, just keep faith in yourself.

  11. Because I know I am not always trustworthy but often selfish to the detriment of others, I would disagree with the premise to trust yourself as taught by Mr. Mueller, although his arguments and thoughts are well outlined and organized. Humanism is self defeating. Instead of trusting something as miserable as yourself consider trusting someone who is actually trustworthy. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who shows His great love for you by laying down His life on the cross for all your sins. His Word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Ps. 119:105). Instead of trusting in someone who is unreliable trust in the only true God who is completely reliable. Instead of searching your soul for limited ideas or selfish desires trust the Almighty God who was, is, and ever shall be. He knows all. Let’s be honest. A lifetime of trusting in ourselves will only lead to a grave. Consider trusting in one who is risen from the grave, lives, and reigns to all eternity. Mr. Mueller and others, look outside yourself. You didn’t create yourself. You honestly can’t believe that you preserve yourself. And you can’t save yourself from death. Your-self is the problem. How about a new self (Eph. 4:22-24)? How about a self that isn’t so selfish or self centered? How about a self that is so selfless that he doesn’t trust in himself but gives himself up for us all (Eph. 5:2)? Thank you for kindly reading my comment.

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