Trust (according to my Google dictionary) is a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
Complicated question. The truth is there are areas where I trust myself completely, and other areas where I still think others know best.
My life has taught me how to trust myself when it comes to relationships. Whether romantic, platonic or professional - anytime I've felt betrayed or abused there was always 'something' about the person or situation that was off. I don't know how many times I said 'I knew this would happen'. I ignored my God-given gut. I silenced that still small voice, and went on with my bad self into what ultimately would become a mess of a situation. It wasn't my trust of the person that lured or kept me in a mess. It was the distrust I had in myself. I've learned though. The older I get, the less I fall into that trap. It is critical for my health and success to have good supportive people around. I can't afford to make relationship mistakes and hook up with someone who does not have my best interest at heart. Every single time I have gone against my, well its almost a sixth sense, I have paid the price. Emotionally, financially, mentally, spiritually. The truth about people is easier to see then we let on. I can't afford to pay that price, so I listen...very VERY carefully.
Now there are other areas where I still don't trust myself enough. When it comes to what I do with my business and or/talents. I have to stop the second guessing and quiet myself long enough to 'hear' what I am supposed to be doing. I fight the temptation to think that people automatically know more and have it 'all' figured out. I love knowledge - I seek it out. I like being informed and knowledgable. I always want to make sure I am doing the right thing and sometimes in my quest for doing it right, I stop trusting what I know and suddenly where I see myself is not good enough. I have to be careful, or I will take on too much and let my focus wander because someone else's idea was better than mine.
When it comes to relationships, trusting myself has gotten easier. I have always had a kind of sixth sense when it comes to people. Still, I 've had my share of jobs, so-called friends and business opportunities that were so obviously wrong for me. Had I just trusted myself enough, I could have avoided so much conflict and foolishness. Can I tell you I have learned my lessons!!