Self-trust is the difference between feeling adrift and out of control versus feeling in control—regardless of the challenge. I often tell my anxious patients who insist on telling me they can’t handle or survive a particular challenge, “How many problems have you solved in your life? Hundreds? Thousands? And every time without exception you’ve somehow managed to get through and survive. You wouldn’t be here with me if it were otherwise. What makes you think this challenge is any different?” To which, unfortunately, I often get the self-distrust rebuttal, “Yes, but this time might be different!”
Inadequate self-trust will invariably leave you conceding to despair or what-iffing as you find yourself sinking deeper and deeper into insecurity’s vortex. Learning to ‘self-trust’ requires a leap of faith. What do you have to lose?