Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is a renowned education activist, who has turned her passion into an international movement to transform the future of women’s education and empowerment.

Yousafzai even suffered a gunshot wound for advocating female education but that didn’t deter her. After months of surgery and rehabilitation, she continued to fight for her cause. Yousafzai stayed resilient because she believed in her abilities and trusted herself to fight back.

Want to know how to trust yourself and pursue success? Read on!

What Is Self-Trust?

There are times when we lose trust in ourselves after making mistakes or facing criticism. If you don’t trust yourself, it will become difficult to make choices and decisions as you will start fearing that anything that you do will go wrong.

Self-trust isn’t about knowing all the answers or believing that you’ll always do the right thing. It’s about having the conviction that you’ll be kind and respectful to yourself no matter what the outcome is.

To trust yourself is to give yourself a second chance. It’s a powerful self-help tool that helps follow intuition and gut feelings. For example, when we trust ourselves, we find it easier to say no and establish boundaries.

Importance Of Self-Trust

Learning to trust yourself improves self-confidence and decision-making abilities, and reduces stress levels. It even improves interpersonal relationships—you trust others and communicate better. Let’s look at some essential reasons why you should trust yourself.

  1. If you don’t trust yourself, who will?

When you don’t trust yourself, you will impose self-limitations. To grow and succeed in life, you need to believe in your potential.

  1. You’re your own inspiration

If you trust yourself to get success, you will be motivated to work towards your goal. You will believe in your abilities and step outside your comfort zone to achieve what you want to.

  1. You develop a positive attitude

Self-trust will help you develop a growth mindset—you’ll believe that you have the capacity to grow and improve. A growth mindset will make way for a positive attitude and outlook.

  1. You create your own success story

By creating a positive attitude, you will realize what’s holding you back from achieving your objectives. If you believe in your abilities, you will be motivated to put in time and effort to do better. You define success on your terms.

  1. You embrace failure

Even if you’re unsuccessful in achieving anything, you will realize that failure is part of the process. You’ll be able to view it as a learning experience and find ways to do better.

Building Self-Trust

Maintaining self-trust isn’t easy—it takes time, effort and patience. Here are some effective tips that’ll teach you how to trust yourself.

  1. Be yourself

When you act according to others’ expectations, trusting yourself gets challenging. Not acting like yourself can hamper your self-confidence. Learn how to be yourself by surrounding yourself with supportive and positive-minded people.

  1. Set realistic goals

Setting goals is a good thing but they should be reasonable and achievable. Setting overly ambitious goals and failing to achieve them can affect your ability to trust yourself. If you want to achieve big goals, set smaller goals that’ll make it easier for you to reach the final destination.

  1. Be kind to yourself

We’re often harsh on ourselves when we make mistakes or face failures. We don’t give ourselves the benefit of doubt and are quick to criticize ourselves. Learn how to be kind to yourself and give yourself a second chance.

  1. Accept all sides

Everyone’s better at some things and worse at others. When you’re aware of your true potential, you will know your strengths and weaknesses. When you learn to trust yourself, you will embrace everything—the good, bad and ugly.

  1. Spend time with yourself

To effectively build self-trust, you need to practice looking inward. Take time out of your schedule for self-reflection. Practice mindfulness through meditation, breathing exercises or any other relaxing activities.


Self-trust starts from how deeply we know and connect with ourselves. If we don’t know what we truly stand for, what we’re capable of and how we can bring about changes, we’ll be confused about every decision and choice we make. 

Harappa Education’s highly engaging self-knowledge course, Interpreting Self, will teach you how to develop self-awareness and identify your inner strengths. The Johari Window will guide you in understanding your relationship with yourself. The River of Life framework will teach you how to reflect on life-changing experiences. Believe in yourself to become the very best version of yourself!

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