In life, there are so many factors that lead to personal success, but according to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the first secret of success is self-trust. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines self-trust as great faith in oneself or one’s abilities, while the Oxford English Dictionary defines self-trust as trust in one’s own abilities, qualities, or judgment; self-confidence. Self-trust covers many aspects of life, but in this article, I am going to focus on why it is the first key to success.

It is absolutely impossible to travel the journey of success and succeed without believing in your capacity to do things. The journey to success begins from within, it begins in your mind. Without the mind trusting your capacity to do things, you will forever do nothing unless you self-trust. The major reason people do not undertake certain endeavors is not that they do not know about them, but because they do not believe in their ability to undertake and become successful. They do not trust their ability, or capacity, hence remain in their comfort zones. They have self-limiting beliefs, which keep them from developing the will to execute work, as Vince Lombardi rightly says, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” Benjamin Spock alluded, “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”

When success and trust issues matter, the best person to trust and build a strong relationship with is yourself, because you have the power to control yourself compared to others. You can make your own decisions, which determines the outcome without bothering others. Robert Greene once said, “Trust yourself more and others less.” “A mind that trusts itself is light on its feet.” Nathaniel Branden. But how is this possible if you do not trust yourself; if you always make promises and cannot keep them, if you plan and cannot get the job done, at least for your own success. “Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if..’; And then do it.” Duane Michals. According to Napoleon Bonaparte, “If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.”

Inspecting the law of belief, which states that: Whatever you truly believe about yourself usually becomes your reality, the law shows that you always act in a manner consistent with your beliefs, especially your beliefs about yourself. Your beliefs act like a set of screening filters that screen out information that is inconsistent with them. So you end up not doing all that your mind believes you are incapable of doing. You reject positive information that contradicts what you have already believed, whether your beliefs, your prejudices, are based on fact or fantasy. This is especially true regarding money. The worst belief you can ever have is a “Self-limiting belief,” whenever you believe yourself to be limited. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” J. M. Barrie.

We should note that people do not believe what they see, but they see what they already believe. It is not what happens to them, but how they think about what happens to them that determines how they feel and react. It is not the exterior world that dictates circumstances or conditions, but the world inside you that creates the conditions of your life. Specifically, your financial condition today is determined by how you have been thinking about yourself in the past, the beliefs and visions you had about yourself. “Creativity comes from self-trust. Trust your instincts.” Rita Mae Brown. “The more you believed in yourself, the more you could trust yourself. The more you trust yourself, the less you compare yourself to others.” Roy T. Bennett.

Believing that you are super-successful financially is the best belief you can ever develop within yourself. “In self-trust, all the virtues are comprehended.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. When you are absolutely convinced that you are a financial success in the making, you engage in the behaviours that make the dreams come true. It is a fact that God created everybody with at least a talent, and those doing better or smarter than you today simply developed their natural talents and abilities better than you. You can probably do better if you set beliefs about yourself positively, you can do it, God wants you to be successful. Following from the ‘Law of Cause and Effect’, financial success is an effect that results from specific causes, which include self-belief. Your dominant thoughts are the primary creative forces in your life. You create all the situations and people in your life today by the way you think. Today, if you change your thinking about yourself, you change your life, perhaps in seconds! “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Accurate diagnosis is half the cure, meditate on this important advice and change the way you think about yourself. Envision yourself high and make that your dominant thought as long as you can still breathe. “Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. Following from Laurie Nadel, when in doubt, reinforce your self-trust. According to Suzy Kassem, doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. “The only way to survive is to admit you are on your own, learn to make your own decisions, and trust your judgement.” Robert Greene. Do not be afraid to make decisions thinking there may be wrong. Muhammad Ali Jinnah once mentioned, “I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right.” So you must train your intuition, and trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say and what decision to take.